HPV Vaccine

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AlyssaEimers's picture
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HPV Vaccine

Sorry, no article. I was at the doctors office recently waiting with my girls and was looking at the different brochures on the wall. One was on the HPV Vaccine.

A little back round. Overall I am pro-vaccines. Not that they should be required by law, but that it is the best thing for my family to do. DH is not a huge fan of vaccines though, so this is something we have gone around on. In the end, he has left the vaccine decisions up to me. My girls are up to date on all of their shots except for the flu shot which is not required here. So anyway, I have never really given serious thought to the HPV Vaccine and I thought it would make for a great debate and I would learn from all of your opinions. In theory, I could say that my daughters will wait until they are much older to have sex, but I do not want to gamble their safety on that and who is to say (Please not) they would not get raped. However, I have also heard others say it is not proven safe yet and has not been proven effective. (For reference, my oldest will be nine in a few months.)


CamelNoodle's picture
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I am interested in opinions too. I have only boys, but they say they should get it as well.

Spacers's picture
Joined: 12/29/03
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IMHO it's far too new to give to my child. My kids will not be vaccine guinea pigs. The U.S. was one of the first, if not *the* first, country to approve it, so we can't even look at other countries for long-term safety data. It's only been on the market since 2006, and we have no idea how long the protection lasts (10 years later they discovered the chickenpox vaccine was wearing off much faster than anticipated) and we have no idea what it's going to do to those girls in the long term.

The HPV vaccine has been implicated in premature ovarian failure in at least three girls. From a report published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: "We documented here the evidence of the potential of the HPV vaccine to trigger a life-disabling autoimmune condition. The increasing number of similar reports of post HPV vaccine-linked autoimmunity and the uncertainty of long-term clinical benefits of HPV vaccination are a matter of public health that warrants further rigorous inquiry."
Human papilloma virus vaccine and primar... [Am J Reprod Immunol. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

And the reason it's being recommended for boys, is because so few girls & women are getting it.

Spacers's picture
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I think it's also worth noting that the majority of fertility loss and deaths from cervical cancer are in women who didn't have a Pap smear in the last five years. The HPV virus first causes a precancerous condition that is easily treatable when found in time; it it's not treated, then it turns into cancer. One thing I will do for my daughter is to encourage her to have regular Pap smears. And when she's a bit older, and we have more information about the safety & efficacy of this vaccine, it will be her decision because it's her body.

indigoV51's picture
Joined: 09/19/03
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I love our doctor. He is really into research and didn't give my boys the chicken pox vaccine for a long time because he was still unsure about it. He reccomended my then 13 year old son get it and we didn't question it at all. He feels that the help it will do is far greater then any harm. Any vaccine can have a adverse reaction and I felt the risks were okay. Now if I had girls I would probably wait longer.