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The HPV Vaccine from Gardasil

Posted By Smockity Frocks On February 4, 2009 @ 12:58 pm In Family | 43 Comments

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**Contains adult content.

I made an appointment to meet our new doctor last week. I figured I had better get all of our paper work turned in so we can get an appointment real quick like if anyone needs one.

When he asked me if all of the children are current on their vaccines, I told him that they are, with exception of the vaccines we felt were unnecessary.

I told him that since I never hear of anyone dying from an ear infection, which is not a contagious disease, we skip the Prevnar vaccine. (Am I the only one noticing that there seems to be a new vaccine that is a MUST HAVE every couple of years?)

He didn’t look too happy about that, but when I told him that we also do not approve of the HPV vaccine from Gardasil, he looked disturbed and this is the conversation that followed:

Dr: “You REALLY SHOULD consider it.”

Me: “We have considered it. (Duh. How could we object to it if we haven’t considered it?)

Dr: (more forcefully) “You should RECONSIDER it.”

Me: “Since it is a vaccine for a preventable disease, we prefer to teach responsibility instead.”

Dr: “80% of women contract the disease. One could be your daughter.”

Me: “80%? Of all women? Have a sexually transmitted disease?”

Dr: “It isn’t transmitted only sexually.”

We talked about a few other things like what to do for urgent medical care and office hours, but the whole time I couldn’t stop thinking about the statistic he quoted.

As soon as I got home I looked it up and this is what I found from the CDC website [2]:

“Genital HPV is a common virus that is passed on through genital contact, most often during sex.”

“At least 50% of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives.”

“Most people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems.”

“Individuals can also lower their chances of getting HPV by being in a mutually faithful relationship with someone who has had no or few sex partners.”

Is it just me or did that doctor completely misrepresent the facts to pressure me into having my daughters immunized from a sexually transmitted disease?

After I did my research I contacted a doctor friend of mine (and father of 11 [3]) and he confirmed that he agrees with my stand and will only give the vaccine if the parent of the girl insists on it AFTER he has explained that there is a sure fire way to prevent these kinds of diseases and it doesn’t come in the form of a shot.

I certainly did NOT appreciate the tone taken with me in regard to “reconsidering” and I believe I will look for a doctor who is more reasonable about letting parents decide what to inject into the bodies of their children.

I feel like this vaccine would be similar to a vaccine that prevents alcohol poisoning. We all know that every year some high school or college kid turns up in the news having died from a drinking binge. What if there were a new vaccine offered that would prevent the death even though massive amounts of alcohol could still be consumed?

That way the kiddies could still have their drinking binge fun and the parents can rest easy knowing they will be safe, if not responsible.

I would rather teach my children personal responsibility instead of immunizing them from all forms of foolish behavior.

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