In an announcement that is likely to make families even more nervous, the Center for Disease Control said that all 11-to-12-year-olds -- both boys and girls -- should be vaccinated against HPV, which is a virus that causes more than 25,000 cases of cancer per year, reports USA Today.
The topic of HPV vaccination is huge in Texas because back in 2007 Governor Ricky Perry tried to mandate an HPV vaccine for girls entering 6th grade. His critics said that he was trying to encourage sexual promiscuity and blocked the effort.
HPV, which stands for the human papillomavirus is best known for causing cervical cancer. However, it also causes cancers of the vagina, vulva, anus, penis and back of the throat, as well as genital warts. HPV shots inoculate against the virus.