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October 25th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Should boys get the HPV vaccine too? Elizabeth Cohen explains new reccomendations

Medical experts are expected to vote today on a proposal that boys should get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a part of their routine immunizations.

The vaccine prevents cervical cancer as well as genital warts, anal and other cancers that are caused by HPV, which is commonly spread through sexual contact. The shot is already on the Center for Disease Control's vaccine schedule for girls and it has sparked some controversy.

Elizabeth Cohen breaks down the vaccine recommendations on American Morning today, explaining why the medical community is considering giving it to boys.

Filed under: Health • HPV
September 13th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

The science behind the HPV vaccine

If you watched the CNN/Tea Party debate last night, you saw Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum ganging up on front-runner Gov. Rick Perry.

They were slamming the Texas governor for his 2007 order that required 12-year-old girls in his state to get vaccinated against HPV – a virus that can cause cervical cancer.

This morning on American Morning, CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains what the vaccine is and why it's causing so much controversy.

Filed under: HPV