quote:A US government medical committee has recommended the human papillomavirus vaccine for boys, to tackle the spread of the sexually-transmitted virus.
While the vaccine has been available to boys before, the vote means that injections are now likely to be covered under medical insurance.
Officials said a lower than expected rate of vaccination in girls encouraged them to reconsider the policy.
In boys, the vaccine protects against cancers associated with the virus.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, which advises the Centers for Disease Control, voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the vaccine for males ages 11 and 12.
CDC panel recommends HPV shot for boys