How young is too young for the HPV vaccine?

by Rachel on October 14, 2010

I know the HPV vaccine in approved for girls as young as 9 yrs old, but how young would you allow your child to be vaccinated against the Human Pappiloma Virus? HPV is the virus that has been linked to cervical cancer, as well as others. Also, the vaccine will soon be approved for boys. Would you vaccinate your son?
Also wanted to mention that for the HPV vaccine to be most effective it needs to be administered prior to the onset of sexual activity.

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pdooma October 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Is your 9 year old likely to be having sex?

Is your 11 year old likely to be having sex?

If you answered yes to either of those, you may have a bigger issue on your hands than whether or not to get the HPV vaccine.

Also, they still don’t know how long it’s effective for and when you’d need a booster. So, I’d be more likely to get it for my son at around age 13 and it will last him through his teens, as opposed to getting it at 9 and it wearing off sometime when he’s going to be the least responsible and no one is the wiser.

Busy Barbie 007 October 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Currently? Any age. It needs to be tested for long-term side effects before we start giving it to every child.

leapin' lizards! October 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

maybe 12, 13.

the hpv virus is one that i intend to leave up to my daughter. i’ll give her the information she needs and a doctor to speak with if she wishes, but the decision on whether or not to get the shot will remain up to her. assuming she’s a mature 13, i think that’s the age kids can begin to understand sex and its consequences and beging to make choices that will tie into that.

Advice Sonshi October 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Well I’m not a parent but i would give my child ( i think boys can have it now)

way before they are sexually active, it might be more effective but it doesn’t mean it won’t work if giving way before the child is sexually active.

kids need to get a LOT of shots so I would listen to what the doctor advised

it prevent cancer thats the big reason while kids should get it,

i don’t get how a shot to prevent cancer would encourage teens to have sex

could a child get it young and then get another one when their older and become sexuality active? ( I doubt thats how it works but had to ask)

I’m 20 and don’t have kids but long as my child didn’t any serious allergic reactions i would give the shot as soon as i can and if it didn’t react badly to other shots.

Willow O October 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm

ill never give my daughter it, if she wants it when shes a adult well then fine…

as of this typing, i do not trust this vaccine,

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