U.S. advisers decline to push Gardasil vaccine for boys

WASHINGTON Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:01pm EDT

WASHINGTON Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. vaccine advisers declined to press for the use of Merck & Co's (MRK.N) Gardasil in boys and men, opting instead for "permissive" use on Wednesday.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted almost unanimously to simply advise doctors they were free to recommend the vaccine, which protects against the human papillomavirus that causes a variety of cancers and genital warts, to boys. (Editing by Maureen Bavdek)

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