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Boys encouraged to get HPV vaccine too

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   Health officials are now encouraging men to get the Human Papillomavirus or HPV vaccine. A big push was initially made to get girls vaccinated for HPV, but it's now recommended for boys and men between the ages of 9 and 26. The vaccine is done in three doses several months apart. The Dougherty County Health Department keeps the Gardasil vaccine on hand and is now asking parents to get their boys vaccinated for good reason.

"The reason I think it's important for males to consider having the HPV vaccine is because its shown to help protect males against anal cancer and some neck and throat cancers as well," said Suzette Profit, LPN Dougherty Co. Health Department.

Health officials say many people may have HPV and not even know it because often the virus has no signs or symptoms. Heath officials say they do have some pictures that show the symptoms, too graphic for us to show you, but they have convinced some to get the vaccine.

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