Why do young girls have to get the HPV Vaccine?

by Rachel on January 27, 2011

Im 13 and wondering why girls as young as 9 are getting this Vaccine.
&& Also, does HPV just suddenly appear or something? Or is it only a Sexual Transmitted Disease?

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your mum January 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

the vaccine prevents an std, which can cause cervical cancer. i got it done when i was 14. the nhs want people to get it done as young as possible

Betty? January 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Some doctors dont explain it as an STD but they say its very common in women to get HPV especially if you’re having sex. Its just abnormal cells growing, the vaccine helps it from not turning into cervical Cancer

Lady Luana January 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

The vaccine can reduce the risk of getting a virus that can cause cervical cancer. But in older women, who had had sex already, many of them have the virus, so a vaccine is pretty much pointless. That’s why it’s recommended for younger girls.

I'd choose Stark January 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

It’s very important that you get it if it’s available to you, It prevents cancer for i think 7 years. And this cancer can go undetected for a long time making it advanced when signs begin to appear.
It really doesn’t hurt so don’t be put off by the pain part.
Yeah it’s transmitted through sex. People get it done as young as possible just incase they become sexually active younger. It’s not available on the NHS to anyone younger than 11 or Year 7 .

Elizabeth January 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I would not reccommend getting this vaccination. It has not been around for all that long, and doctors do not know all of the side effects yet. I knew a girl whose life was severly changed because of this vaccine. It may help prevent Cervical Cancer, but it could also have harmful effects.

Read this article… It isn’t even 100% protective against the disease.

FeliciadelaAwesome January 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Ok. The reason they want young girls to et this vaccine is because even if it doesnt last forever vaccines are more effective when they are recieved at a younger age and are more likely to remain effective when given again in about ten years. This particular vaccine is supposed to keep you safe from four different strains of the virus that are most common in the western world (there are several varieties of hpv) a couple of which can be contracted from surroundings through cuts or something. This is extremely rare, but not impossible hpv viruses are the some of the most resilient viruses out there. This is more common in hpv viruses that dont affect the cervix or vagina. Most people just fight them off and never experience symptoms. Also it is recommended for girls because boys display no symptoms and testing for the virus in the blood hasnt become an easy thing. I think that if they are going to make girls take it that boys should have to take it too since they can carry and pass on the disease.

Kitty0123 January 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

its to protect against cervical cancer.
which can happen for many reasons
guys are getting it to protect against prostate cancer but its not an std.

but it can be passed through sex.

Tom Solomon January 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm

The research of the vaccine’s manufacturer (Merck) shows that vaccination after exposure to the virus INCREASES the risk of cervical cancer by 44%.

From that, you should not conclude that the best option is simply vaccination at an early age or before sexual activity begins. No clinical trials have been undertaken on younger age groups and it is therefore not possible to know how the vaccine will affect them. In any case, at this stage it is not possible to know the effects of the vaccine on any age group – for instance, it will be decades before it can be known whether the vaccine reduces the rate of infection; the rate of cervical cancer; the rate of mortality. It also cannot be known if the vaccine itself poses risks – it contains genetically modified DNA, genetically engineered proteins, genetics produced by the combining of genetic material from more than one origin or more than one species.

If those materials pose a risk, the body’s natural defence mechanisms (such as the immune system) will not be able to protect you from them – this is because vaccines are designed to bypass the body’s natural defences.

Keep in mind that that these same natural defence mechanisms protect you from the actual virus. For instance, most women will be exposed to the virus on one or several occasions but the body will naturally deal with it. For those infections that the body does not cope with or that may give rise to risk of cervical cancer, early detection is the key. This is why regular pap/smear tests are so important and remember that these tests need to be continued with even if you have the vaccine.

Through the use of pap/smear tests, the death rate from cervical cancer is steadily declining. The global death rate currently is 250,000 women per year – this is a small number when taken in the context of the size of the world’s overall population.

To conclude, read all the data you can find in deciding whether the vaccine is for you – younger age groups should ask a trusted adult to help. In any case, it is not a decision to be made based on nothing more than glossy advertising – ads are designed for the purpose of selling a product in order to make money.

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