has your teenage daughter had the Gardasil shots?

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Sherri - posted on 11/30/2009

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Absolutely. I would recommend to anyone especially those with a family history of cancer, or even precancerous cells, like myself. My daughter (14), who had it last year, had no side effects, but her arm was a little sore afterward.

Christina - posted on 11/21/2009

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ok i have read all the posts and i think its great that so many mothers are concerned about their daughters futures. me personally i will not allow my daughter toget this shot. my daughter has more to worry about then a shot that is not gonna keep her from getting a female disorder regardless in our family. and like one post said its not a guarentee to anyone that it will prevent HPV. me personally i believe that explaing the risks to your kids as to what is out there is bettert then putting some chemical into a child. my daughter is 13 and her dad thinks its a good idea. unfortunatly for him its not his choice its mine. and i have choosen for her not to get this shot. once she is old enough to make her choice legally then she can do what she wants but i will never allow it. there is not enough research for me to be convinced that this is ok. my daughter has to many heath problems to even consider givin her something else in her system. its your choice what you decide to do but some of us growning up went to our parents about having sex and our parents took us to get bc and ect. ive always raised my daughter to come to me for the same reason. sometimes she will even go to her dad or grandmother but we always talk to the other adult before making any major desicsions with her.

Beverly - posted on 11/12/2009

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Yes I had my daughter vaccinated so she wouldn't have to go through what I have gone thru from HPV infection.

Jan - posted on 10/31/2009

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Hi, I can really understand everyones concerns & worries. My daughter is due to have her first jab next month & Im still unsure if I want her to have it, so I'm reading up all I can on the matter, then I will make a decision after I have discussed it with her. Good luck to you all with what ever choice you make. x

Kerri - posted on 10/23/2009

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Yes, both of my teenage daughters(15 and 16) have had the Gardasil shots. They received them in 3 doses about 3 months apart. They said that they are kind of painful but there have been no side effects as of yet. To me it was worth the little discomfort they experienced.

Rebecca - posted on 09/29/2009

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My oldest daughter MacKenzie who is 13 now had her 3 shots last year when she was 12 and had no problems. We even joke together everytime we see the tv commercial about her being one less.

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I am reading all these posts.. and you moms are LETTING them inject your kids with toxins.... Its said that GUARDASIL DOESNT ALWAYS PREVENT IT.. DOESNT CURE IT... why mothers allow this i will never understand... do you think the dizziness..nausea and these other effects are normal ?? no its the body telling you it doesnt like it ,,, its not normal !!!



"Gardasil contains polysorbate 80, also known as Tween 80, which has been linked to infertility in mice," noted Dee Nicholson, National Communications Director for Freedom in Canadian Health Care. "When these girls are grown women and are finding out that they are barren 10 to 15 years down the line, who will connect the dots?"





If you care about your daughters youll read about vaccines before you allow it!!



http://drtenpenny.com/Documents/Canadian...



http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/1...





http://www.americanchronicle.com/article...





http://drcarley.com

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Just an FYI Doctors will say anything so you will allow every vaccine..they get 300.00 per vaccination....automaticallly...... did you know the seasonal flu has never been tested on children under 18 ?? but yet they give it to infants !!! i refused the guardasil for my daughter and they looked at me like i was a horrible mother...then when i wasnt in the room told my daughter she could go back there if she changed her mind and get it for free !! what happend to parental consent ???shes 16 !! Youtube guardasil side effects and you will be so grossed out you wont question it anymore... heres a little link for you to read.. the myths and truths about vaccines... oh and i know about the no clinical trials because i have the manufactuer insert that comes in the box of vaccines..and it says also that its not even proven to decrease your chances of getting influenza......


http://rense.com/general86/vacci.htm

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Hi there, My daughter is 12 we are from Australia and here it has been introduced in our school system by the goverment for free..I have chosen to wait as i have read some disturbing articles on the affects..



I figured my daughter still has time up her sleeve i will wait to see if any thing else comes of this over the next couple of years..I have never been frightened to give any of my children vaccinations but this is so new that i am hesitant and dont want to regret it in the future..



So i am waiting to see what happens felt like here our girls are ginuie pigs and that makes me scared...Also she had a bad reaction to her vaccines as a toddler so that makes me more afraid..:-)

Jodie - posted on 09/11/2009

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Yes! My daughter had it when she was 15. The shot was a bit painful, but unlike the other posts below, she did have some side effects. The first shot made her sick (chills, tired, cold sweats, weak) which our doctor told us was perfectly normal. The second injection made her a bit weak but nothing too drastic, and the third she had no effects.

Rory - posted on 09/03/2009

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Yes, my daughter has had the two shots she is due for the third one. The first one made her a bit dizzy and was painful.

Susan - posted on 08/31/2009

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Not yet WE have discussed it she is 18, but we were informed by the doctor that it only protects against 1 of the group of HPV viruses and a lot of girls were now not using condoms (only the pill) and thinking they were protected against the risk of cervical cancer.
I think we have to have a realy frank and open discussion with our girl's and boy's about sexual health, and valuing themselves and their bodie's.

Bernadine - posted on 08/26/2009

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Both of my daughters received the shots. I looked at it as another immunization and so did they. Only had a normal shot reaction that went away quickly.

Tammy - posted on 08/26/2009

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yep--my now 15 year old got the series of vaccines last year...although when she got each one of them she became very faint -passed out the first time; the 2nd and 3rd we were prepared for and just had her lie down. She became very pale and "pasty", but recovered quickly. No other side effects (she has never had any other problems with vaccines or shots in the past, so I'm not sure what this was all about)

Leanne - posted on 08/24/2009

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Hi Lori, great article on the Dad with Throat Cancer, Yes I am fully aware that you contact the HPV virus from being Sexually Active, May be I should have stated it this way, with having female cancer in my family it would be great that there was a "Shot" to cover all of it. I do agree "Parents" not just "MOMS" need to communicate with their children about sex and have an open relationship regarding sex and it needs to start at an early age, however so many people are reluctant to talk about it with their children, I am not however, I am fortunate to have that relationship with my child, that she can ask me anything. Thanks again for posting the article.

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couldnt find it on gma, but there was a link to an abc article:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WellnessNew...

Leanne, even with cancer in the family, that's not where the hpv virus comes from. The media behind gardasil neglects to say hpv is a SEXUALLY transmitted disease. THe only way they can catch it is from sexual activity. WHy give it to 8 year olds? Talk to your kids openly. Also, as my post above mentions, it's not just a girl issue. Please moms, TALK to your kids. How many moms realize that kids (even pre-teens) think that oral sex is not *really* sex. They don't think about the diseases & risks associated with it. Let them know that, like the poor gentleman above, even oral sex can lead to horrifying results.

Leanne - posted on 08/24/2009

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My daughter is 14yrs old and I have yet to give her the shot. I feel they have not done enough studies on the side effects, just last week on GMA they had a new update on the shots, which i am still going to hold off on them even more now, maybe you can go to GMA and read for yourself. Would be great because female cancer runs in my family, however, it just has not been around long enough for my taste to justify giving it to my daughter.

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I think the best thing to do is talk to them seriously about sex and the ramifications. Read this article at Reader's Digest - http://www.rd.com/living-healthy/oral-ca... titled "A Father's Brave Battle With Throat Cancer" - Dont think your girls will be safe from HPV with this shot. they may prevent cervical cancer, but your girls and boys can both get throat cancer. And, the virus can hang around for 20 years before it manifests.

An excerpt from the article:

"The risks are scary because the virus is really common, even in teenagers. Twenty million people in the United States have some form of HPV, and over six million more get it every year. It can be transmitted through oral sex, and both men and women can be infected. Of the more than 35,000 people who will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, 25 percent of us will connect our diagnosis to HPV infection."



The shots are such a false sense of security. Please moms - our girls and boys need to know how to protect themselves. We can't go on thinking that a shot will save their lives when there are still dozens of other STD's, unwanted pregnancies, and emotional turmoil of casual sex.



Another article quote:

"They say that the risk of contracting this cancer can be hundreds of times higher in people who've had more than five oral sex partners in their lifetime."



Scary. Very scary. Moms, talk to your kids. Seriously and meaningfully.

Fleur - posted on 08/12/2009

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my daughter had them this year,she had a little but of an aching arm which is nothing if its going to help her,ive had to have cancerous cells removed twice and wouldnt want her to go through it.i think its great that we have the chance to try to prevent this.

Kay - posted on 08/05/2009

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My dughter had all three vaccinations and she had no problem at all that was about two years ago, i think every case is different and that you have to make up your mind and make a decision that you feel comfortable with.

Jenny - posted on 07/26/2009

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My daughter had the shots through school program, with no side effects noted, she is now 14 years old.

Kimberley - posted on 07/23/2009

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Yes. My 20 year old daughter had it almost two years ago. I wanted to do everything I can to keep her healthy. We're talking CANCER here. I can't imagine NOT making sure she got the shot.

Mary Alice - posted on 07/22/2009

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My daughters are 20 and 17 and both have had the shots. They had no side effects. I know too many people who have had treatments for cancerous or pre-cancerous cells to question this shot. It is part of my job as their mother to protect them from cancer. I do not understand choosing not to do that.

R. S. - posted on 07/22/2009

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She has indeed! Sore arm for a day or so, but he finished a year ago. Did a lot of research, but the deciding factor for me was that the doctor vaccinated her OWN daughters.

Deborah - posted on 07/21/2009

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Definitely. Anything I can do to reduce my daughter's risk of cancer makes sense.

Sivan - posted on 07/20/2009

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YES! I had cervical cancer at 23, researching myself, I've realized it is b.c I was sexually active in my late teens..HPV may not have been caught on time. My daughter has said she'll wait until marriage, and that's awesome for anyone's daughter to make that commitment..HOWEVER my close friend got HPV from her HUSBAND...she cannot wait for her daugher to be old enough for the shot!

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My daughter just turned 15 got hers.no side effects but heard about some really bad ones happening on the news 2 days after she finished her 3rd injection. There is always a risk with any immunization. Wiegh your options. Do what suits you & your daughter

Annette - posted on 07/18/2009

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my daughter did she is 13 she had no problems thank god....i asked her doctor and her girls had it that worked for me...

Annette - posted on 07/13/2009

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I agree with you in reference to the vaccine.

But just because your daughter says she is not having sex does not mean she is not. I also asked my daughter point blank and she looked me in the eye and told me she was not.
I have talked to them about sex since they have been very young. A day after her 16th B'day she came to me and said those famous words "can we talk!" She came to me and told me she thought she was pregnant. Thank goodness she was not. She had been on the pill to regulate her periods. The only reason I know she is have sex is because she thought she was pg. I am thankful she can come to me about things like that. Be aware, their lips say no, but really its yes!

Annette - posted on 07/13/2009

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I am not getting my teenage girls vaccinated. Gardasil has only been on the market since 1993. In the next few years will really be the test to see if any develops some sorta of cancer from Gardsil. Not only cervical but other cancers from Gardasil.

Mandy - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting mary:

No. My pediatrician spoke out of both sides of her mouth back when my daughter was getting her freshmen HS physical. Her first statement was "you are too young to have sex. Wait." Not 30 seconds later she offered the Gardasil. I called her on it and she said I can bring her in any time later if I change my mind. I still haven't. My daughter is now 16 and going into her junior year of HS. I have told her more than once not to have sex while she is still a HS student and she tells me she is still a virgin. That vaccine is not without serious side effects.



I told my mom that I wasn't having sex either in HS but I was.  I think that it's better to be proactive then reactive isn't it?  My GYN told me that he once had a patient that was 76 who had HPV but she hadn't had sex since her husband died 20 years before.  She got her pap test every year and twenty years after he died she got it. 

Mary - posted on 07/09/2009

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No. My pediatrician spoke out of both sides of her mouth back when my daughter was getting her freshmen HS physical. Her first statement was "you are too young to have sex. Wait." Not 30 seconds later she offered the Gardasil. I called her on it and she said I can bring her in any time later if I change my mind. I still haven't. My daughter is now 16 and going into her junior year of HS. I have told her more than once not to have sex while she is still a HS student and she tells me she is still a virgin. That vaccine is not without serious side effects.

Rebecca - posted on 06/17/2009

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yes my 14yr old had hers done about 2 yrs ago and she hasnt had anyproblems ... its well worth protecting our daughters from such a terrible diease and we didnt have this when we were growing up .... how things have come to advancement for our children

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2009

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my daughter got th shot and has completed all three shots. No side effects. I totally trust her doctor and sherecommended it. Also, her grandmother who is a RN recommended she get it as well.

Margarita - posted on 06/09/2009

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yes my 2 daughters did get it...all 3 rounds each...

I rather have them get this then them having cervical cancer especially if they ever become sexaully active. They have not have any side effects or nothing...they just are glad that they could prevent one type of cancer....

Good Luck with your decision,

Margarita

Macki - posted on 06/03/2009

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I have a 14 almost 15 year old daughter and will be having her get this round of vaccinations staring at her next physical. I think it is important and agree with the others that we do the others why not this one. And because I was just recently diagnosed with HPV and will have to have surgery dont want my girls to go through this if I can help them not to.

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No because the long term effects of this vaccine have not been determined since it's a relatively new shot.For all I know 10yrs from now they could find out that it causes a different cancer or heart disease or sterility.

Tara - posted on 05/29/2009

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I haven't given my daughter the shot, I am waiting until she is a little older, she is 13.

Paula - posted on 05/22/2009

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yes, if it will help her stay healthy and protect her im all for it, you have to have and open mind and an open talk with your teen.

Tami - posted on 05/22/2009

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My girls are 15 and 13 and they got their first dose last Sept I think. I refuse to go let them finish it, it scares me to death.I've seen really really bad side affects on the news. I was very hesitant about it when it first came out so I didn't go make them get it done back then.

Tracey - posted on 05/15/2009

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Yes. My now 13 year old had it done last year at school. (a private Anglican school!). You vaccinate them for other diseases, why not this one.

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Yes, all three of them had them last year when they were 13, 14 and 17. Like Theresa says it was a bit painful but no side effects, now I feel i've done what I could to prevent.

Theresa - posted on 05/11/2009

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Yes both of my daughters (12 & 13) got the shot. You take it in 3 doses and the injection is a bit painful but they had no negative side effects from it. My motto is rather be safe than sorry. I had cervical cancer from HPV and since there is a way to prevent it I recommend doing it.

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