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CDC May Change Male “Catch Up” Age for HPV Vaccine

07/10/19

  10:50:00 am, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Preventive care

CDC May Change Male “Catch Up” Age for HPV Vaccine

HPV vaccine

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently voted to modify the recommended age for men to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. If approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the recommendation would increase the age of male recipients for a “catch up” of the HPV vaccination to 26 versus the previous age of 21. For women, the recommended age of 26 is already in place.

The HPV vaccination helps to prevent cancer-causing infections and precancers that are mostly sexually transmitted. The CDC states that vaccination is very safe and that “HPV infections and cervical precancers have dropped significantly since the vaccine has been in use.”

Currently, the CDC recommends two doses of the HPV vaccine for all boys and girls ages 11-12 but can be administered in children as young as nine. Under the Affordable Care Act, the CDC’s immunization recommendations are to be covered without cost sharing to the plan member as Recommended Wellness Services, if received through a preferred (in-network or Tier 1) provider. These services are intended to prevent potential future health problems, rather than to treat existing medical conditions.

If you have questions about Recommended Wellness Services covered under your plan, please contact your Account Representative. For more information about the HPV vaccination for yourself or your child, consult your family doctor.

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