Gardasil: has your daughter had this vaccine? - page 6

My daughters' pediatrician is encouraging all female patients to receive this vaccine. I have mixed feelings about this. I do not want my girls to get cervical cancer from HPV, but in 15 yrs from... Read More

  1. by   TiffyRN
    There is an article in a recent Reader's Digest detailing a man's struggle with throat cancer that arose from HPV infection. It's not common, but it's out there and getting more common. And I do understand the problem with getting too much medical information from Reader's Digest.
  2. by   MadisonsMomRN
    I have two young daughters. If they were old enough I would opt out. Its just too new for me. Maybe later... when there is more research, I may consider it. JMO though.
  3. by   prinsessa
    Quote from TiffyRN
    There is an article in a recent Reader's Digest detailing a man's struggle with throat cancer that arose from HPV infection. It's not common, but it's out there and getting more common. And I do understand the problem with getting too much medical information from Reader's Digest.
    My mom was just telling me how HPV can cause troat cancer. I never knew that. I wonder if she also read that in Reader's Digest. I probably won't have my DD get the Gardasil shot any time soon. I want to make sure it is safe and effective. It is just too new right now
  4. by   dream'n
    Nope, no Gardasil for my girls. At least not yet. Right now I'm just waiting for the huge chickenpox outbreak we're going to be seeing in 25-40 year olds in the next 20 odd years because of the varicella vaccine.
  5. by   Indy
    Quote from queenjean
    We've recently seen several girls who collapsed within 24 hours of receiving the vaccine (most within 2-8 hours). One has still not completely recovered, the other couple recovered within hours. A daughter of a friend told her mother it was the most painful thing she'd ever experience, and the pain was so intense it made her feel cold and faint. My friend said she witnessed her daughter go pale and become diaphoretic. The pain lasted over 24 hours, though the intensity wore off after a couple of hours. The doc attributed it to the fact that she is a 14 year old girl and was being "dramatic." My friend makes her daughter (who has asthma) receive a flu shot every year, and she recently had her boosters for middle school, and did not have this sort of reaction.

    With my children, I will be waiting and watching. I am not opposed to it, but I do not yet feel secure enough with it to have my own daughters receive it.
    Having seen people of both sexes, and a fair range of ages, "go pale and become diaphoretic," I can safely say that it is not something I would consider fakable by any person prone to dramatic acting. Whatever the cause, it certainly bears investigating, and if it were my daughter having such symptoms I would consider it a medical emergency until proven otherwise. Some doctor telling me she's being dramatic doesn't count as proof.
  6. by   PrepNeck89
    Hey. I got the 3 shots. I fainted every time I got it. (Never did that befor.) I am a nursing student. Sad thing is, now I pass out alot. And the doctors are worried because every time I fainted it looked like I was having a seizure. Like needles really bother me now and IV's. It's sickening, but I'm determined to overcome this because my passion for nursing is so great. I'm hoping it's psychological so I can over come it.
  7. by   chaxanmom
    Quote from Morgan314
    My daughters' pediatrician is encouraging all female patients to receive this vaccine. I have mixed feelings about this. I do not want my girls to get cervical cancer from HPV, but in 15 yrs from now, what if we find out that there are long-term problems associated with the vaccine? Why are males not targeted for this vaccine? I am interested in hearing from nurse/mothers who have or have not gotten their daughters vaccinated and why.
    I have not and don't plan on it. The most oncogenic forms of HPV are sexually transmitted. If my daughter chooses to become sexually active then there are many other forms of protection that are less risky than a brand new vaccine that has already shown itself to be problematic. IMO they pushed Gardasil onto the market WAY too fast.
  8. by   ann945n
    Quote from chaxanmom
    I have not and don't plan on it. The most oncogenic forms of HPV are sexually transmitted. If my daughter chooses to become sexually active then there are many other forms of protection that are less risky than a brand new vaccine that has already shown itself to be problematic. IMO they pushed Gardasil onto the market WAY too fast.
    The problem with this statement is that HPV can be spread even if condoms are used. Therefore, even a smart educated young women will still be at risk of HPV.
    Having had high rish HPV myself and not wanting to get other forms of HPV I had the vaccine even being happily married. All the 'what ifs' is how I came to my decision.
    What if he cheats. What if I cheat. What if we divorce.... and so on
    I did very well with the vaccine, no problems. Fainting though is by far the largest complaint with the vaccine. It is reccomended that you stay seated for 15 minutes after the injection to avoid this side effect. To date no deaths or serious injury have been reported.
    My future daughters will be getting this vaccine.
  9. by   smartin13
    My gyn vaccinated her son, it is not covered by insurance so she paid out of pocket. She told me that in other countries boys and girls can get the vaccine however in this country they feel as though vaccinating one gender is good enough.
  10. by   sassy_squirrel
    I had all three vaccines. Only side effect I had was a really sore arm for a few days.

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