My oldest is 11. My doc said that we could wait until 13 or 14, just because dangerous behaviors typically don't start as young as 11. I am still a bit wary of it as the possible harmful side effects are not completely known at this point, and I'm not sure it's been fully researched, but I will likely get it for her in a year or two.
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Ours are not old enough, but they will NOT get this shot. There have been enough major reactions to this vaccine that we consider it unsafe, and not worth the risk for our family. Of course we also believe very strongly in waiting until marriage to have any kind of sexual relations, so that probably influences our decision as well.
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262 4/10/12 12:34 P
My daughter has received two of the three doses of this vaccine. Other than the momentary pain associated with the vaccine, she hasn't had any other problems. Her arm will hurt that day and the following day, but it's nothing tylenol or ibuprofen (or a chocolate milkshake!) won't fix.
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9,717 4/5/12 5:28 P
I don't plan to make my girls get this vaccine. When they are old enough to become sexually active, it will be THEIR decision... not mine. Gardasil only protects against certain strains of HPV, and there's no long-term studies on how its use will affect the population at large.
I'm not convinced it's not an economic vaccine, and given how new it is, I'm withholding judgment until it's been around a while. I don't want to end up with another varicella vaccine, where unintended consequences like increased shingles rates in older adults comes from vaccinating against a childhood disease with low complication rates.
I haven't yet, but I plan to. I think people sometimes unfairly characterize this vaccine as something that is for promiscuous young people. I plan to have my daughter vaccinated because, God forbid, she may be exposed to dangerous strains of the hpv virus from an encounter that is against her will. I would want her to be protected regardless. It's just like chicken pox or the many other vaccines out there, if it has life saving potential, why not use it?