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Gardasil: to vaccinate your teenage daughter or not?
June 11, 2009
Your teenage daughter is going to summer camp, starting a part-time job, or getting her driver’s license. Whatever the reason, she needs a physical exam. You take her to your doctor who says, “Let’s get started on the Gardasil shots.” What to do? Pictures of the beautiful, multi-ethnic, young women from the television commercials saying they are “one less” to get cervical cancer flash through your mind. Do you cave and allow your daughter to start the shots? Absolutely not!
Do not agree to have your daughter to receive the Gardasil vaccination just because your sister allowed your niece, or your friends allowed their daughters. Do not allow yourself to be influenced or bullied by anyone in your doctor’s office. You need to take some time to make a well-informed decision about Gardasil.
First and foremost, learn all you call about the vaccine. Gardasil is given in three doses to young girls to help prevent the spread of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus spread through sexual contact which can cause cervical cancer. The makers of the vaccine, Merck & Co., Inc., created the vaccine to give to young girls before their first sexual contact to protect them from the virus. Young girls have been receiving the vaccine since 2006.
For more information about the vaccine, check out the Gardasil website. Keep in mind that the website was most likely put together by Merck.
However, dig a bit deeper and learn about the flipside of Gardasil, the information you will not see on the Gardasil website. For instance, the vaccines are expensive, there is little research done on long-term effects, Merck does not know how long the immunity will last, some reports have stated only four years. Check out the fine print about allergies, especially if your daughter has an allergy to yeast. Gardasil also contains aluminum, which in some girls have caused reactions.
Comment from Leslie
Make sure that you read all of the comments posted from the Gardasil Mom’s. This is an excellent article – showing that it is the EDUCATED parents that are refusing to let their daughter’s be subjected to this vaccine.