A public service announcement ~

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A public service announcement ~
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Sun, 06-30-2013 - 10:38pm

I took my oldest in last week for the first in a series of shots against the HPV.  I'll do the same for my son and other daughter when the time comes.  I definitely recommend it as there have been no side effects as well.  The age range for the HPV vaccine is somewhere from about 9 yrs to 26. 

Just a friendly reminder!

 http://www.nbcnews.com/health/hpv-infections-fell-half-teen-girls-after-vaccine-study-shows-6C10378279?ocid=msnhp&pos=1

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Tue, 07-02-2013 - 12:16pm
Thanks for the feedback ladies! If you are up to debating the HPV vaccine, there are some new posts on it over on Vaccination Debate: http://www.ivillage.com/forums/pregnancy-parenting/hot-topics/vaccination-debate

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 1:15pm

Melissa, my daughter did say the shots hurt slightly worse than other vaccines, but she didn't have any side effects. My son, who also has zero pain tolerance, said he didn't think the shots (he's had 2 so far) hurt worse than others. It probably depends on how tense you are and how good the nurse doing the injection is. That makes all the difference!

We took our time deciding to get the Gardasil shots because when they were first offered, DD had just turned 11 or 12, and the vaccine had only been on the market a short while, and had only been tested prior to market in girls 16 and up. But now that it's been out there a while in this vast, uncontrolled experiment with few problems, I was fine letting my kids have it.

D started the series at 15 or 16, and DS started it at his 15 year checkup. Neither are SA, so will be well-protected when that changes....hopefully not for a long time!

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 12:08pm

Cmmelissa wrote:
Was it painful for them at all? I've been holding off on getting it for my oldest because he has no pain tolerance whatsoever, and freaks out whenever it's mentioned. It's nice to know that none of your kiddos have had any side effects.

Maybe you could convince him by telling him he would have a lot more pain if he actually got HPV.

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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 10:53am

Cmmelissa wrote:
Was it painful for them at all? I've been holding off on getting it for my oldest because he has no pain tolerance whatsoever, and freaks out whenever it's mentioned. It's nice to know that none of your kiddos have had any side effects.

I'm so glad you're discussing this with your son!  The (first?) needle was slightly large ~ not like those little needles for so many other vaccines.  But my oldest (11 years-old) turned her head and the shot was quick, a pinch.  And immediately/later no pain or itchiness.  We have the other shots coming up,hopefully with those teeny tiny needles.  Good luck to another great mommie!

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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 10:47am

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>I think it made my daughter feel better knowing boys were getting the shots too! LOL</p><p>OT but we watch Girls too-- I just love it- Lena Dunham is just busting the doors wide open with the things she challenges her audience to take in -- on the other hand it also makes me want to never let my daughter leave home LOL</p>

Well, tell her I know of one boy only ~ my son when he's old enough.  About "Girls," I am forcing myself to watch it so I will be informed about what is going on among *some* 20-somethings.  I see and I don't like. You're right that Lena Dunham is overthetop talented.

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 10:35am
Was it painful for them at all? I've been holding off on getting it for my oldest because he has no pain tolerance whatsoever, and freaks out whenever it's mentioned. It's nice to know that none of your kiddos have had any side effects.

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Registered: 06-27-2013
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 9:53am

I have a friend who had a total hysterectomy in her early 30s from cervical cancer--caused by HPV. DS will be getting his first shot this year...

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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 9:49am

I think it made my daughter feel better knowing boys were getting the shots too! LOL

OT but we watch Girls too-- I just love it- Lena Dunham is just busting the doors wide open with the things she challenges her audience to take in -- on the other hand it also makes me want to never let my daughter leave home LOL

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 9:41am

Marla, Bea, you are such good mommies!  I met some moms recenlty who didn't know enough about the vaccine and didn't know boys should get the vaccine too.  And I just started watching "Girls" on HBO. Surprised  20-something men and women with the different strains of HPV.  Bea, you and I come from a generation where this was not "huge" but I do recall a sorority sister who got full-blown symptoms (gulp) from a monogomous sexual relationship.  She was not a happy kid.

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 8:45am

Both of my kids are set to get their final booster this summer.

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