Starr - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )
I just read this article from Reuters:
The controversy against vaccinating our girls with Gardasil centers around the concern that being vaccinated against HPV will likely make girls more sexually active and the concern of not knowing the potential long term side effects of a vaccine that can be given to girls as young as 9.
But did you know that Gardasil is not gender specific and that there is a version for boys that has been approved by the FDA? For boys, the controversy is not about whether this vaccine will lead them to have more sex but about the "cost -effectiveness" of giving the vaccine to boys since cervical cancer is gender specific.
Oh that's right, cervical cancer is a woman's cancer, not a man's and so therefore the burden of prevention is on the woman, regardless if the cancer was derived from an HPV that the woman may have received from a man?
I have two girls and a boy and my hesitation on getting them vaccinated is the result of just not knowing the long term side effects. So really, I'm just questioning why reasons for not giving Gardasil to kids differs between the sexes?
I feel like I was just told how much preventing cervical cancer in women was really worth.
What are your thoughts?