What do you think about giving your 11 year old the HPV shot???
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Brandy - posted on 05/01/2009
my youngest sis is 12 and she got the shots last year.
if there was a shot that could keep your child from getting poliomyelitis you would get it right? oh wait, we already do! My point is- it is about being responsible. getting the shot reduces the chances of hpv and CANCER!!!
Deanna - posted on 04/26/2009
I'm definately for it. It is a preventive measure that I wish we had when we were growing up. I had a scare when I was pregnant with our youngest. I had several abnormal paps, but while pregnant, they couldn't biopsy my cervix to find out if the moderate dysplasia was the beginning stages of cervical cancer. The vaccine is for 6 (I believe) of the strains of HPV that have been linked to cervical cancer. If it can prevent my daughters from having to go through the waiting and worrying and reduce the possibility of getting cervical cancer, then I am all for it.
Rebecca - posted on 04/25/2009
My daughter will turn eleven this week. Last year at her ten year old check up she got her first HPV shot. It was a series of three and you have to be very careful to space the shots correctly. It is painful. She was not impressed. However, I believe that the benefits of the protection outweigh a little discomfort. My younger daughter will receive the shots when she turns ten.
Kathy - posted on 09/15/2010
Hpv is spread mostly by sexual contact but recent research shows that deep kissing can spead the disease. Having had HPV and having nearly turn into cancer there is no doubt the all my kids will receive it. 80% of the sexually active men over the age of 18 may have it and most never display any symptoms.
Tanya - posted on 09/08/2010
I have 3 daughters they are not 11 or older yet but they will one day be and I wil have to make the decision to get them vaccinated or not. I have read and heard many stories on the vaccine. I believe when the time come to make this choice I am going to have them vaccinated. HPV is serious and wide spread. No they may not be sexually active at the time but they one day will and this will protect them at that time. Yes we all can say we are going to teach our children that you should only have sex when you get married I will probably say the same thing but if they are a teen like I was, it isn't going to matter what I said they are going to make that choice and my mother was the mother saying my daughter isn't having sex when I was 15 and you know what I was. I know its a fact of life and our children are all going to one day have sex I am for this vaccine but not against anyone who does not want to get their children vaccinated, this is a personal choice there are pros and cons just like everything else in life. I have heard there are "deaths" and "disablities" that this vaccine has caused well it was the same with the H1N1 vaccine I heard all the terrible things that were going to happen with that but I also heard the good and I choose to have my kids all vaccinated then they were fine I like to enjoy the small moments it could be anything that takes your child from you a vaccine and car accident any kind of accident but I just do what is best for my kids and hope that it is the right thing that is all us parents can do. So good luck to all who get it and good luck to all who don't... I take no sides I just choose what I believe is right for me and my family and I advise everyone else to do the same.
Lisa - posted on 05/14/2009
I am not comfortable with the shots, My daughter's are 16 and 13 neither sexually active. I am very glad I read this post, I didn't know girls have died from it. Angie I agree, what happens in heaven is more important, and I do think it is important to tell your girls that sex is not worth dieing for and not what you should be done til marriage.
Wow...I'm new here and this just happened to be the first thing i read through, that being said I think its great that there are so many view points. I would like to say that I am 100% for anything that can help against HPV. This is a virus different than other STDs this virus can be present without any indication, there isn't a rash, itching, burning etc. There are rarely any warning signs until cell growth has already turned abnormal. This virus can lay dormant within your body for years litterally. A woman who has abstained can marry and have intercourse for the first time and end up with HPV and the husband not even know he had it. My point is that this is a serious issue and if we give our children the protection available along with the knowlegde required to make informed decissions we will see amazing results. Why wouldn't we as mothers want to do everything possible to help our children be healthy adults? It has nothing to do with giving them the ok to have sex, it has to do with helping their future...
Kimberly - posted on 05/14/2009
im the daughter of kim. i know this is supposed to be a circle of moms, but i just thought you may like to hear it from my point of view.. im 15 and im really glad that my mom had me get the shot. i wasnt happy when i was going to get it, but now that ive been vaccinated im glad ive had it. the benifits of definately outweigh the pain. every time i got the shot it hurt at the injection site, but only for about a day or so. and it takes away so many risk factors.. im all for it. i think that every teenage girl should be vaccinated.
Vallire - posted on 05/14/2009
I would be all for it. I have been through the troubles of HPV, and anything to prevent it will be great. It is a series of shots (3) I am currently taking them to help me with my HPV, and I have noticed extreme changes. The pain is nothing more than a normal shot. I think it is a great idea.
Christine - posted on 05/13/2009
I am waiting...as it is out for a longer period of time we will know if there are any long term side effects. If you know your child is not sexually active, no harm to wait. All too many times you hear horror stories about relatively new immunizations. I lived my life perfectly without the shot entirely, so I think it's best to wait and research side effects before you ever decide to give her the shot. Good Luck
Lisa - posted on 05/10/2009
My 14 year old got it last year. I don't think she took it to mean "ok now I can have sex", it means she's less likely to get cervical cancer later in life. It's not protection against STD'S, it means your less likely to get HPV and genital herpes - which affects males too. They haven't studied the effects on men, but know that HPV is linked to cervical cancer. Here in Australia it's given to girls in year 9, so mostly 14 year olds, and I had no problem with my DD getting it.
Emily - posted on 05/06/2009
My daughters will not be getting it either. I think it is way too early in the life of the shot. Since girls have died from it I don't feel comfortable with them getting it. I am aware that people die of HPV complications too but hopefully with open communication and guidance from me they will exhibit sexual responsibility as teenagers. When they turn 18 if they think they should get it they can make that decision hopefully with informed consent and not as an excuse to act sexually irresponsible.
Susan - posted on 05/06/2009
My daughter goes Friday to get both her Tet. and the HPV shot (req. here for 6th grade). I wasn't sure about it - My ONLY problem is that the shot is promoted as a STD preventer. I don't want my 11 year old daughter to feel that I'm giving her the first step to an "Okay to sex! .. what's next - birth control?"
Shelly - posted on 05/06/2009
Also, like another person said, even if your daughter does the right thing, her future husband may not have. What if he (the future husband) isn't Christian and then becomes one because of your daughter? We are human and he may have sowed wild oats before he met her. I think it's best to err on the side of cautin!
Angie - posted on 05/02/2009
Amy, I am trying to raise my children to be good Christians and I'm not going to give them any excuses to act in any way other than a Godly way. If they choose to make poor choices and get an STD then they'll just have to live with the consequences. Besides, we don't really know how well this vaccine works yet and we know that it doesn't prevent all cervical cancers. My concern is not so much for what happens to my children on earth but that they make it to heaven.
Amy - posted on 05/01/2009
Reply to Angie Kissner:
I understand your concern, but here's the thing...HPV is an STD that is not usually detected in tests. What if she got it from her husband-in the future? This vaccine can protect her from that. I don't know why, but they need to get it before they start having sex. I would get my daughter the vaccine for HIV if they had one!
Amy - posted on 05/01/2009
I think it's sad, but I'm all for it. My daughter just had the first of the three and I'm glad she'll be protected. My mom had cervical cancer and it was a sad time...As for the age it's given-I think it's necessary. Kids are having sex younger and younger. Even if we don't want to believe our kid is doing it, they probably are. All we can do is prtect them and pray!
Angie - posted on 05/01/2009
I guess I'm the odd mom out. I don't think this is a neccessary immunization. I hope my daughter knows better than to expose herself to an STD. If she does, she'll just have to live with it. I'm afraid this might be an excuse for girls to sleep around. Too bad it doesn't cover all kinds of cervical cancer.
Lisa - posted on 04/28/2009
I am all for it...I wish they had something for women who have already been exposed so we can avoid all the painful procedures for detecting cervical cancer.....my daughter will be 9 and I will be talking to her doctor to find out when he feels is a good time to give these shots and my 4 year old will have the benefit of a few years of research by the time she is old enough to get it.
Julie - posted on 04/25/2009
I work for a pediatric and also have 3 girls and I really beleive in the vaccine. In order for our girls to be protected they have to get it early.....they are becoming sexualy active at a very young age now days and we need to protect them as much as we can.This vaccine is so useful that the manufacture is trying to expand the age requirements and come up with a vaccine for older woman so they can be protected.
Angela - posted on 04/24/2009
My daughter was 12 when it came out and she refused it at the health clinic. She said she wanted to wait and see if there were any problems with it. She said she didnt want to be a guinea pig. So I researched it also and I am letting her wait until she is ready.
I also spoke with my sister in law about this shot. She is a critical care nurse and she has a 16 year old daughter and she just got the shot last year, she said it is a series of 3 shots and that her daughter just had pain where the injection site was. She suggested I wait until my daughter is older to give her the shots, so that's what I plan on doing....
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