If you have a daughter will you get her the Gardisil vaccine to prevent certain strains of HPV?

by Rachel on April 2, 2011

I know that I will. I don’t think that you could ever be too safe when it comes to a potentially deadly STD. If it could be prevented, I think it’s well worth it. Have any other parents gotten this vaccine for their child? Do you plan to?
My daughter still has several years before she’s old enough. There will be more studies done by then, it would be great if it’s even better by then, but only time will tell.

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<3 April 2, 2011 at 6:08 am

I will. I got it a year ago.

Pippin April 2, 2011 at 6:43 am

I have a teenager, and she got the vaccine as soon as it became available.

melissa s April 2, 2011 at 7:26 am


Kathryn R April 2, 2011 at 7:39 am

I have a 16 year old and I got the vaccine for her but I also made sure that she understands that it’s not infallible that she can still develop other cervical disorders and that she’ll have to go for pap smears all her life to stay safe and healthy.

kitkat April 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

I will not be. There is not enough data as to the effects of this drug. It isn’t all that effective as far as the research I have done. And there have been relatively few studies as to long term effects. The fact that is not effective against all HPV is another big draw back. I think this drug is a new hype that was pushed through the FDA way too quickly. I will wait until I see some clear evidence to prove it isnt harmful and does work.

Camerons mommy :]] is TTC #2 April 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

I will get in for my daughter.
I myslef have had HPV and I know how many people get it, and its good to have at least a few strains protected against

eli's mommy....(rosie) April 2, 2011 at 8:46 am

Aboslutely 100% positively. No daughters yet tho!

Annie G April 2, 2011 at 8:49 am

I got it for my daughter. Another important vaccine is the one for meningitis…please make sure your kids get it.

Leah L April 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

My parents believe that it is worth to get the Gardisil vaccine. But, since I am rather young and I plan on not being active until I am married, we will hold off. But, they do not know much about the vaccine. And that scares me and my parents. They have been terrible side-effects. A friend of mine got the vaccine when she was 10 years old and she had a seizure at the doctor’s office and hit her head on a piece of medical equipment. Turns out, she had a terrible side effect to the vaccine. But, Gardisil was almost quickly “pushed” through the FDA. Once they find out more about Gardisil and I am a few years older, I will definitely get the vaccine. Gardisil is preventing many lost lives from STDs. And it’s a great thing that it can be prevented before it starts.
Good luck! :)

raina_vissora April 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

No, but not because I oppose it. While it is effective against SOME strains of HPV (most notably, the one that causes cervical cancer), it does not prevent all of them. It’s also largely untested in the long term. The clinical trials are great and all, but they haven’t been going on that long.

What happens 10 years from now when someone decides that the vaccine causes birth defects when the women who get them have children (which is exactly what happened with women taking thalidomide in the 60s)?

It’s kind of a non-issue for me, as I don’t plan to have children any time soon. But I prefer not to jump on something just because it’s getting a lot of media attention. By all means, they should keep researching it, though.

Megan N April 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

Yes. I was immunized for everything but some, like the HPV vaccine, were not around when I was little. I want to give that opportunity to my daughter.
No, not all vaccines work. MMR vaccine, which has been around for a lot longer, didn’t work for me. I had the measles when I was 8. No fun.I am sure that everyone could dredge up a similar story about someone they know. But it IS good to have some sort of protection.

?HEARTS 808? SNOWBUNNY ILF? April 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

No. I would rather my girls not be used as guinea pigs..there is not enough data on it’s safety.

misslabeled April 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

I don’t have kids, but as one who has had cervical dysplasia treatments I think it’s the responsible thing to do. As soon as kids become sexually active–just once–it’s too late. It is so common that there’s no way to presume they can “get away with it” and still be safe. It may not be the end all prevention, but it’s a step in the right direction.

I’m totally against mandates, though. Still, parents who think they’re giving their kids the okay to fool around, or that their kids don’t fool around, are fools themselves. Prevention is prevention. Protection is protection. And you never know if your daughter may have “involuntary” contact with someone despite the fantasy belief that they’ve taught their daughters to wait until they’re married and to marry a virgin.

arial39 April 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

im with hearts on this one, there isnt enough research behind it yet for me to let them stick my daughter. plus the fact that it only protects again SOME strains and not others, i just dont think the benefits outweigh the advantages at the moment.

Bozz Mozz April 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

No. I was thinking instead I would teach her about love and committment and the importance of the decision(s) to have sex, as old fashioned as that is.

I feel like giving her the vaccine is telling her it’s okay for both girls and boys to be irresponsible and reckless. I’m not saying that everyone on it is reckless and irresponsible (but Lord knows I’ve been on this site long enough to predict it will still be interpreted that way). What I’m saying is that it sends a mixed message to a child (teenager = child) and their minds are still so fragile and impressionable.

I love how the answer to this problem isn’t to say “Hey we have a problem here”, and take any ownership for what’s going on. Accountability is so inconvenient. It’s to develop a drug and say Carry on!

Jackson's meem due 09/07/09 April 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Absolutely not.
Has anyone heard of safe-protective sex?
And this vaccine is so new, there’s no way they’ve worked out all the kinks. Who knows who risky it truly is. I never had the vaccine. Never had HPV. I was just aware of my sexuality and safety. Shouldn’t every girl? And if they choose not to be, then HPV should be something they have to suffer as a consequence.
Sorry, but that’s my opinion.

frenchy<3 April 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Im 21 years old and was diagnosed with Hpv last year so i definetly would get my daughter the vaccine if i ever have a daughter, but i also made sure my younger sisters got the vaccine too because its so common and so many ppl have the Std and do not even know it. Its horrible because of the many differrent types and most of them do not even have symptoms!! Even though the vaccine only protects you from two types and there are hundreds of other types so it is still very important to talk to your kids at a young age to use protection cause wheather we want to believe it or not there are 12 year old 13 year old little girls having unprotected sex and it is so sad but it is reality!!

Sweetgrass April 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

absolutely NOT. The FDA passes all kinds of drugs that are recalled for being unsafe. If you read the fine print on the guardasil tv ad..you will see its recommended from ages 9-24…if you have a 9 yr old in danger of the papaloma virus ..you have some serious issues. And parenting is one. guardasil and these hormones that take periods away ..are dangerous . I believe we will have a generation of women who are sterile and cancer ridden..if people keep trusting the FDA

Candace April 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

All four of my daughters had the shots a year and a half ago, they were thirteen. I knew all of the risks and all of the benefits – our pediatrician did a great job educating us and didn’t push in one direction or the other, she just simply educated us to make our own informed decisions. Besides their arms being quite sore after the shots, my daughters are fine now and I can rest in peace knowing that they are vaccinated.

stay@homemomma April 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm

at this point in time – no. i have major issues w/that particular vaccine. i think there is a lot of propaganda surrounding it. i think it was released prematurely. i think a lot of “important” people pushing it were getting kick backs from the manufacture. i dont trust it at this point. not to mention i have issues w/drugs that are still new. in fact that is the very issue i’m in the mood i’m in today. today is the anniversary of my aunt death, which was caused by a drug that is on the market – one that was/is very new and released and prescribed w/out knowing all of the potentially life threatening side effects. so i’m probably a little biased…

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