speaking of My 3 things everyone should know to prevent bird flu

The Section of Epidemiology Bulletin, State of Alaska released today announces the good news that the vaccine against the virus causing some cancers, disfigurement, and childlessness will be available from the Vaccines for Children Program.

VFC Eligibility Criteria
Vaccines for Children (VFC) is a federal entitlement program that pays for vaccines for children aged 18 years or younger who meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:
• Medicaid eligible;
• Alaska Native or American Indian;
• Uninsured;
• Underinsured, i.e., has insurance but it does not cover the cost of vaccines, and receiving services at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

The bad news is that only girls are mentioned as recipients even though boys are also eligible for the vaccine program.

It is very important that boys and girls both get the vaccine. Men and boys do suffer maiming and illness from this virus. Aren’t they also worthy of protection?

As the NHS Blog Doctor

points out, “… if you want to protect your teenage daughters against this, or this and your teenage sons against this, I would get them the immunisation as soon as it becomes available.” [The links are to medical teaching sites and pathology images.]

The vaccine is to protect all children, not just some. Contact your legislators or E-mail the Governor to be sure your grandsons and sons are also protected, starting June 2007.

2007-04-10 The manager of the Alaska Immunization Program, Laurel Wood, has kindly informed me that boys cannot be included for vaccination because the US Federal Drug Administration has not licensed it for boys and young men in the United States.

Currently the FDA has approved Gardasil for use only in females. (See question #11 at the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/cber/products/hpvmer060806qa.htm)
This is based on the data currently available to support the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. Additional testing is being conducted to establish this information for males. If this vaccine receives FDA licensure for use in boys, we will begin to provide it through the same Vaccines for Children Program discussed in the Epidemiology Bulletin.

However, in 2006, the 25 countries of the European Union, including the five largest which are France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, have approved the vaccine as safe and effective for boys, as well.

In New Zealand, http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/pagesmh/4993?Open

# Gardasil is indicated in females aged 9 to 26 years for the prevention of cervical, vulva and vaginal cancer, precancerous or dysplastic lesions, genital warts and infection caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16 and 18 (which are included in the vaccine.)

# Gardasil is indicated in males 9 to 15 years for the prevention of infection caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16 and 18.

Maybe Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Stevens should be contacted.

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