Source: Daily Mail
Teenage boys should be vaccinated against cervical cancer alongside girls because they contribute to the spread of the disease, an infectious diseases expert said today.
Where have we seen this before…
Dr Paul Yeo said the Government vaccination programme should be widened because they risked leaving a ‘pool of infected individuals’ who could spread the virus to women later in life when the effect of the vaccination has potentially worn off.
The development of 70 per cent of all cervical cancers can be linked to infection by human papillomaviruses.
From September girls aged between 12 and 13 in the UK will be vaccinated against certain strains of HPV with a catch-up campaign for girls aged up to 18 starting in autumn 2009.
Remembers folks, vaccines don’t guarantee anything other than a fat paycheck for whomever sells them. The lifespan of the vaccine is about 5 years, and the average age of developing cervical cancer is 48. Not to forget most instances of HPV are easily dealt with naturally by a healthy immune system and there is no proof HPV causes the cancer anyway.
Dr Yeo, who specialises in virology and infectious diseases, said: ‘I would question why boys are not included in this vaccination programme as it is, after all, a sexually-transmitted disease which can lead to the cancer.
“It is not known yet how long the vaccine will protect. Even with the use of booster jabs, protection may wane after 10 years or so. These women will be vulnerable to infection later.’
There are more than 100 known HPVs with two of the strains, HPV16 and HPV18, linked to cervical cancer. These are the two strains in the vaccine chosen by the Government.
But Dr Yeo, from Durham University said: ‘There are other HPVs associated with sexual diseases, notably HPV6 and 11. They are responsible for up to 90 per cent of genital warts.
‘The vaccine chosen by the Government does not protect against these, yet there is a vaccine, called Gardasil, that will protect against all four viruses.
‘Perhaps the higher cost of this particular vaccine has led the Government to choosing the current vaccine.’
Some parents are unhappy about the idea of a vaccine to protect from a sexually-transmitted disease, saying it is giving out the wrong message – that it is a licence to have sex.
A licence to print money for a fraud more like.