Parents worried about HPV vaccine despite safe record

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Parents worried about HPV vaccine despite safe record
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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 11:10am

According to recent Health Day News, experts are puzzled over why parents are growing more concerned about the HPV vaccine which has not been linked to any serious side effects. " Although experts recommend girls and young women be vaccinated against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, parents seem to be increasingly worried about the vaccine's safety, a new U.S. study shows.Experts say the findings are both worrying and puzzling, because the vaccine -- which guards against the human papillomavirus (HPV) -- has not been linked to any serious side effects." more

As a parent does this vaccine concern you? Why?

Karla
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Registered: 09-23-2010

No worries here. I think it may just be a vaccine worry in general that is causing the worry with this one? Plus in this day and age of Google, anyone can find anything they want on the internet. Someone is always spouting off made-up stories. You can't trust the internet. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-04-2011

I have a daughter and I am perfectly fine with getting her the vaccine. It seems absolutely nuts to me to not vaccinate them when there is absolutely no record of problems with this vaccine.

I think the real problem is anti-vaccine nuts are growing more organized and getting their propaganda to more people.

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Registered: 07-24-2011

There are actually a lot of concerns with this vaccine. The first is that it is too new to really know the long-term side effects. The second is the rising number of teenage girls that were totally healthy, as far as anyone could tell, yet they died within hours of the vaccine. Even the fine print on the vaccine brochure claims that a possibile side-effect is death. Another is seizure. As the mom of a child who had life-threatening seizures, I questioned this vaccine when my child turned 13. The pediatrician even told me "Your daughter will be okay as she is already on anti-seizure medications." In other words, yes, the stats are significant enough to be a worry.

It is a very personal decision but I prefer to teach my children to have safe sex and to take precautions. To be smart. The HPV shot only protects against a very small portion of the virus that causes HPV, which only causes a portion of cervical cancer. For us, the small amount of protection was not worth the risk.

This article gives a lot of interesting stats: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/24/hpv-vaccine-averting-cancer-unproven.aspx

Just because we do not know if it works or does not, it does not mean it is safe to inject. Even if it had very low stats of side effects and/or death, someone's child will be that person and it will not be mine. My children will not be guinea pigs. I will not even get started on the high cost of this vaccine and what a huge moneymaker it is.

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Registered: 11-09-2011

sixinchblackheels wrote:

There are actually a lot of concerns with this vaccine. The first is that it is too new to really know the long-term side effects. The second is the rising number of teenage girls that were totally healthy, as far as anyone could tell, yet they died within hours of the vaccine. Even the fine print on the vaccine brochure claims that a possibile side-effect is death. Another is seizure. As the mom of a child who had life-threatening seizures, I questioned this vaccine when my child turned 13. The pediatrician even told me "Your daughter will be okay as she is already on anti-seizure medications." In other words, yes, the stats are significant enough to be a worry.

It is a very personal decision but I prefer to teach my children to have safe sex and to take precautions. To be smart. The HPV shot only protects against a very small portion of the virus that causes HPV, which only causes a portion of cervical cancer. For us, the small amount of protection was not worth the risk.

This article gives a lot of interesting stats: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/24/hpv-vaccine-averting-cancer-unproven.aspx

Just because we do not know if it works or does not, it does not mean it is safe to inject. Even if it had very low stats of side effects and/or death, someone's child will be that person and it will not be mine. My children will not be guinea pigs. I will not even get started on the high cost of this vaccine and what a huge moneymaker it is.

I don't think those of us that choose the vaccine are telling our kids, "Go, have at it! Go get yourself some!"  Not sure if you meant it to sound like the way it does, but, yeah. 

Do you have a link to a site other than Mercola? One that would be unbiased and not use scare tactics as well as falsify information?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-25-2003

All I can say is my DD (now 23) got the vaccine when she was 18 and had no side effects at all.