I had a question about the vaccine Gardasil. My daughter had the series of shots at 13 (now 15-1/2). I was hesitant about having them given to her because it was so new at the time. I questioned the dr. and she said that when her daughter was of age she would be giving the shots to her and the drs office was recommending that of age female patients get the series. So, we had them give the shots to her. Fortunately, she had no side effects. Now all you are reading are stories on how dangerous Gardasil is and how some girls have had severe injuries. For us it is after the fact, but I was just interested in knowing if the benefit outweighs the risk on this vaccine.

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Rachael - posted on 02/14/2009

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my aunt michlelle died at age 32 from cervical cancer...the side affects from the shot are way less than the side affects from chemo..and radiation

Lucy - posted on 02/14/2009

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Hey Luce, I don't want to burst any bubbles here, but my daughter has not received the shot.  Her dr said as long as she wasn't active nor was ready to be active to let it go.  She also stated that she wanted to see at least 5 years of history on the shot before she would recommend.  That doesn't mean we should or shouldn't have - we are erring on the side of caution for now.  When the time comes for her to be ready, we will reass and her, me and her dad will decide.






Hey Lor:



There are so many things nowadays that us parents have to be concerned about.   The shot never even entered my mind at the time we were at the drs. office for a routine visit.   It wasn't until they mentioned it to me once my daughter's visit was done that I just happened to remember reading about the vaccine.   She was no where ready to be active (thank God) but I told the office I would discuss it with my husband and get back to them.    When I asked what the office's position was, they were suggesting that all their of age female patients get it.     You have to believe in somethings and hopefully you believe that your child's doctor is going to lead you in the right direction.     She's had the series and like I said before no side effects, thank God again.     Just was curious with all the bad publicity now how other parents have handled the matter.    

Rebecca - posted on 02/14/2009

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I had HPV that turned into stage one cervical cancer, my mother had stage 4 cervical cancer so I am very much FOR the Gardasil shot. My oldest daughter got it last year at 10 and my other daughter is going to start getting it this year when she turns 9. Anything that I can do to help is a plus. HPV can also be passed from mother to child at birth.

Lori - posted on 02/14/2009

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Hey Luce, I don't want to burst any bubbles here, but my daughter has not received the shot.  Her dr said as long as she wasn't active nor was ready to be active to let it go.  She also stated that she wanted to see at least 5 years of history on the shot before she would recommend.  That doesn't mean we should or shouldn't have - we are erring on the side of caution for now.  When the time comes for her to be ready, we will reass and her, me and her dad will decide.

Laraine - posted on 02/10/2009

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I, too, went back and forth as to whether or not I should vaccinate my 14-year-old daughter.  I kept reading and hearing that the vaccine had caused serious side effects, etc. but it was mostly second-hand information, not medically approved information.  Most the of cons stressed that this certain vaccine (along with many other meds) are pushed by the pharmaceutical companies simply to make money and had not really been tested.  Perhaps some side effects and results would not be released for many years after research had been completed. So, to make a long story short, I decided to ask my daughter's physician, someone who we have trusted for many years.  I believed he would give me a straight answer.  Also, with gynecological cancers prevelant in my family history, this was something I was taking very seriously.  If it can help, great!  My MD stated that he certainly recommends it, had already given it to his two daughters (both in college) and that he has not read any journal information or reports to state otherwise.  My daughter is now on her last shot and, other than dizziness in the office right after the shot, she has had no other problems....well, maybe some pain at the injection site, but she is kind of a lightweight when it comes to shots.  In my eyes, it is just one less cancer to worry about for my daughter as she inherited part of my fantastic gene pool.  Take care and good luck to you!

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Robin - posted on 05/22/2016

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i would like to reply that i didn't notice any reactions at the time to the shots. but in hindsight, my daughter has been deteriorating for that last 2 years. she has chronic migraines, eye pain, and insomnia, to name a few. she had a brilliant i.q. and now can hardly recall her name. she's been turned into someone i don't know. I thought it was because she was becoming a teen. now i think it's the shots. DON'T GIVE VACCINES. i think people r right. i'm starting to see n my kid now 16 and my friend has an almost 4 year old that they think may have a type of autism now because of perhaps the polio shot??? i can't believe i did this to my girl, my beautiful girl.

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   In my case, family history is clear of any of these diseases (Thank God).     So why was it suggested my daughter get the series?






 






 






 






 





  HPV is a virus, therefor your family history has nothing to do with it.  HPV is the cause of lots of cervical cancers, but not all.  SO family history only would mean something for cancers not due to HPV.

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Cancer due to the HPV virus is real and happening more than most people know. If the vaccine can prevent this, it is worth it. I have not previously heard that there were problems with it, so I do advocate looking into that before using it. But also realize that girls are becoming sexually active earlier, and likely will not tell you when it happens. Its good to have them protected as well as you can, because HPV can kill them!

Lucy - posted on 02/14/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:

I had HPV that turned into stage one cervical cancer, my mother had stage 4 cervical cancer so I am very much FOR the Gardasil shot. My oldest daughter got it last year at 10 and my other daughter is going to start getting it this year when she turns 9. Anything that I can do to help is a plus. HPV can also be passed from mother to child at birth.



Rebecca:



Thanks for responding to this interesting topic    Sorry to hear about your health issues.   You are speaking from the other side of the fence and it's always interesting to hear from someone who can speak from personal experience.    You have to do what you feel is best  to keep your children's health foremost.   



Speaking with other people, I guess my concern is the ease in which a lot of doctors are suggesting this series of shots and then there are others who are taking a wait and see approach.   In your case, you have a family history which you need to be concerned about.   In my case, family history is clear of any of these diseases (Thank God).     So why was it suggested my daughter get the series?    Who knows.   You have to go with the hope that your child's doctor has their best interest in  mind.



I guess it's always going to be something.   I'm sure five years down the road there will be another vaccine that will cause as must stir as this one does and on an on..............



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Cheryl - posted on 02/14/2009

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My daughter is too young to even think about the shot but I am very leery of any shots that could have reproductive side effects. I would want to wait until those girls who received the shots had their own children... and then see if their reproductive capabilities are sound. My mother had a shot when she was pregnant with me that affected my ability to have children. I have a friend that had the same problem, her mother received the shot twice (it was for miscarriages - it has since been outlawed) and she developed a T-shaped uterus because of it.

For these reasons, I am extremely cautious about anything that could affect not only the girls with the shot but their future children.

Lucy - posted on 02/10/2009

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Thank you Laraine. The world is a scary place and you try so hard to do what is best for your kids. But when I hear all this stuff that is coming out it does make me step back and wonder. I received an email article last night about the dangers of Gardasil and this has brought the matter forefront to my mind and has my wheels spinning (AGAIN) LOL. Like I said before, fortunately, my daughter did not have any side effects (maybe a little pain at injection site too). After the fact, there is nothing you can do about it anyway. Good luck to you too and take care..

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