(Toronto Star) When Becky Maddigan took her 14-year-old son Jack to a public health clinic for a free HPV immunization he never did get around to rolling up his sleeve and being pricked in the arm.

She, however, got “all up in arms” when health officials raised a subject she found prickly: The vaccine is only publicly funded for girls.

“I was just livid,” says the Brampton mom about that trip last spring to the Peel clinic, which prompted her to write letters to politicians, urging them to extend coverage to boys.

“Why should (Jack) not be vaccinated just because he’s a male when the HPV (vaccine) would still protect him?” asks Maddigan about her only child. “I don’t think it’s fair.”

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