It's bad enough that the science is still out on the value (let alone safety) of the HPV vaccine for young ladies. So what are we to make of this:
"Now researchers are looking into whether the vaccine should be given to boys as well, both to prevent the transmission of HPV, and to prevent the rarer, but no less deadly, cancers that can occur in men from the virus."
Give. Me. A. Break.
As we've noted before, "vaccinated boys were 2.5 times more likely to have neurological disorders (such as autism) than those who had not "had all their shots." So would increasing the number of vaccines reduce cancer risks? We really don't know.
We do know that "it's not been tested for effectiveness in younger girls, and administering the vaccine to girls as young as 9 may not even protect them at all." So why would we take this chance with boys, as well?
On the one hand, it's claimed that "(t)he vaccine, Gardasil, is proven to prevent infection from four particularly dangerous strains of HPV in women." That would seem to be a "slam dunk" insofar as vaccine's effectiveness is concerned.
So what's the rush?