Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CDC recommends vaccinating boys

The CDC today recommended vaccinating boys starting at the age of 11.

I'm glad that I'm able to say "I told you so.", not just because I love being right (I do), but because this is a reflection of the fact that we have a fucking vaccine that prevents a fair number of types of cancers in both men and women, and that preventing cancer is, I believe, a good thing.

I'm also delighted that the article indicates some of the types of cancer we have clearer evidence for. You probably saw the recent study on throat cancer and its putative links to HPV, oral sex and kissing, but there's some suggestive data beyond even the several types of cancer ABC lists, e.g, the study I linked a few months back on lung cancer, probably too early to push that link as certain (it is far from certain), but my intuition is that we'll see that link more cleanly evidenced in coming years as well.

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