HPV vaccine, will you vaccinate your daughter?

April - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 102 moms have responded )

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I have heard a lot of negative things about the HPV vaccination for girls. I dont know if people think that it will encourage them to have sex, or just the general idea of a shot against an std, but I am now torn about it. I plan on talking to my pastor about this, but does anyone have an opinion on doing this? I planned on getting this for my girls when they are old enough in about 3 years, I think there will be more info on side effects, and effectiveness by then so I can decide for sure. I plan on teaching my children God's law, but also knowing that we are all sinful people, many of whom do not wait until marriage (I didnt), I would like to protect them where possible from cervical cancer. I am currently going through treatment because of pap and hpv test. I have been with my hubby for the last 10 years now, and the idea that I've been carrying this around that long with out knowing really bothers me. ( it mostly shows no symptoms unless it is high risk, the kind that can cause cervical cancer) what would you do? so with 1 out of every 4 girls/women having this NOW, what are the odds for my kids when they are grown? if they stay celibate until marriage, what are the odds that all of their spouses did too? sorry to ramble, this whole thing is stressing me out a bit. anyway, any thoughts or info on the vaccine would be appreciated!

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April - posted on 03/23/2009

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thats what I was wondering- how long the vaccine has been out. I dont know of side effects but am a lot leery over any new drug/vaccine. I just dont want my daughters to go through this stress that I am now. I pray for them every night, and pray that I do everything I can as a mom to show them the right way to go.

Rebekah - posted on 03/23/2009

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If I had a daughter, I wouldn't get the vaccine because (1) still too new, they don't know ALL the side effects of the vaccine or the prolonged side effects, and (2) it doesn't "prevent", just another shot in hopes it will prevent.  But since it's supposed to vaccinate against HPV of 4 types of viruses, 2 being genital warts - research says that even though treated, 25% of cases come back within 3 months and the other 2 viruses are cervical cancer related, if your daughter receives pap tests, when of the right age, can detect these early enough (as long as your daughter is honest with a doctor IF or WHEN they become sexually active, that doesn't mean they have to have intercourse, even it's just sexually related acts without actually "going all the way" as what some teens refer to it as).

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