Quote from kerussll
I really see no cons to being vaccinated for anything. Every girl should get this.
There are risks and benefits to every medical treatment, vaccines included.
In response to the OP's question, I would suggest going to your school or public library and doing a Medline search on theis topic. You may be surprised at what you find, including the following:
Early studies on which Gardasil was initially approved established safety
of the vaccine for 9-15 year old girls, but not effectiveness.
Those same studies also provided little information of the duration of effectiveness of the vaccine for older girls and women. Based upon that insufficient information, it is entirely possible that the vaccine will "wear off" at some point, leaving women vulnerable to a virus they believed they are protected against.
There have been no studies which have established Gardasil to be more effective than regular exams and pap smears in preventing invasive cervical cancer. Since the vaccine does not protect against all virulent strains of HPV, regular exams and pap smears re still necessary for all women, vaccinated or not.
Recently published studies have suggested that strains of HPV not covered by the vaccine may be becoming more virulent (sort of like bad bacteria overgrowing good bacteria when an individual takes antibiotics.) This may result in HPV disease being caused by strains of the virus previously believed to be harmless, and not included in the vaccine.
I don't provide this information to try and talk anyone out of vaccinating. But to make such a monumental health decision without researching the risks and benefits carefully is to do yourself an injustice.