Has your child had the gardasil vaccine?

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Has your child had the gardasil vaccine?
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Sun, 08-21-2011 - 11:07pm
My daughter just turned 12 and I know the doctor will recommend it. I also know that they are recommending it for boys now too. I am embarrassed to admit it, but this vaccine makes me a little nervous. It seems like there are a lot of neurological and stomach problems associated with this vaccine. I know the CDC does ot report them and that is why I feel silly taking these claims seriously. If your kid had the shot could you tell me of any side effects they experienced. I am hoping you guys will calm my ridiculous nerves.

Thanks robin.

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Registered: 10-25-2006
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 8:34am

We have no daughter, but if we did I'd want her vaccinated.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 9:03am

It was up to my daughter at the time. She was already 18.

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 9:05am
Thanks for your input and I agree. I am not questioning the usefulness of the vaccine or the need to have my children protected. I would love to get her this vaccine and not think twice about it. My concern is with all the side effects I have seen reported. I suspect that they are overblown, but there are so many of them on reputable sites like ABC news that I kind of have a little concern. Very little. That is why I am looking for reports of all going well.

I think part of me is stressing out because my daughter has severe anxiety associated with shots and I have heard that it is extremely painful and requires 3 shots. Maybe that is the bigger issue. How do I deal with her? She will scream and cry etc...for a normal shot. Not sure how she will do with getting this shot the second and third time. I have no idea why she has this anxiety since no one else in the family shares it.

Thanks, robin
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Registered: 09-19-2006
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 9:06am
Did she receive it? If so I assume she and no problems with it?
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 9:26am

Absolutely.

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 9:35am
Once again. I am not questioning the need for the vaccine I am just questioning the safety. I am not against this vaccine and I do not expect virginity forever LOL. I am just trying to confirm what I think I already know...that all these reports of side effects are not outside the norm for any vaccine.

FYI your daughter may need a booster as they are not sure the protection from the vaccine will last more than 5 years. Jus something to keep in mind if you want her to have protection in her 20s which I am sure you do.

Robin
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 9:38am

My girls were too old by the time the vaccine came out, but BOTH of them contracted HPV from stable relationships.

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 9:52am
Thanks. I appreciate the info about girls who have had the shot. I know that all the scientific studies shoe that it is safe, but somehow hearing about people who have received it and done well helps me feel better for some crazy reason. :). My daughter is just terrible with needles. She gets herself so worked up it is really disturbing. I don't specifically remember Hep B series, but I am sure she had it as she is completely up to date. Maybe if that was extremely painful it aggravated her already existent anxiety. Unfortunately it seems to be getting worse instead of better. Wish I could talk to her doctor before we go in, but her staff said to wait until I get there. Maybe it is time for a new doctor.
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 10:03am
I'm a dental hygienist, and I got the info from a variety of patients. In the interest of full disclosure, one mother did say her dd had fainted, BUT that kid was a hideously spoiled brat, who'd been pitching fits over dental exams for years.

Now, with dental patients who have extreme anxiety, an alternative to gas is a dose of Inderal, which is NON-narcotic, & has been used for performance anxiety for YEARS, or a small dose of Valium an hour before the procedure. If you are really concerned, insist on talking to your Dr ahead of time, and ask if she could prescribe either of those, to clam your dd down. And I'd also consider some counseling for anxiety, if this continues.
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 10:25am
She used to be a mess at the dentist, but I found a wonderful dentist that worked with her and got her over her fear. Thank heaven for that because she ended up needing a whole bunch of dental work for orthodontial reasons. She has had three oral surgeries - two to correct a molar that was not coming in properly and one to remove 2 of her wisdom teeth. She was scared (understandably so) but she did fine with the oral surgeon after conquering her fear with her regular dentist. I was hoping she would outgrow the fear of needles, but unfortunately it is getting worse. Maybe it is time for a new doctor. She does have some anxiety in real life, but it generally manifests itself in the form of extreme caution. It is something I am concerned about, but I am not sure who to see to get her help with this. It really seems like it is part of her personality and at times not such a bad trait - she always thinks before she acts. She is generally happy, healthy, has lots of friends, does well in school...all the benchmarks that one uses to assess mental health so I guess I have let her oddities slide. Counseling isn't a bad idea though and I think I will discuss it with the doctor - if I can ever talk to her.

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