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HPV vaccine for pre-teens

  • It's a series of 3 shots spaced a few months apart. I had my daughter (now 16 yrs. old) vaccinated because it will protect her against one common cause of cervical cancer. She complained about soreness in her arm the next day, but that was the only noticeable side effect. While I'm somewhat ambivalent about vaccines in general, I always end up deciding the benefits far outweigh the risks. I wish this shot had been available when my daughter was a teen. It came out two months after my daughter was diagnosed with HPV. If you read anything on HPV it will tell you that a good percentage of women will rid themselves of this on their own. But there is that % that will not. My daughter was in the % of women who did not. The HPV that she contacted is the one that is more High Risk. In the past 4 years she has had to have numerous biopsies and one cone surgery. She is now 24 years old and recently married. Her doctor would like for her to go ahead and have children because there is a good chance that in the future she will need to have a hysterectomy. In the past year she has also had infections in her tubes. It will be hard for her to get insurance because it is a precondition. Good luck with your choice. I just wanted to let you know why I think this vaccine is important. My daughter is almost 17 and I have chose not to have it done(for one she is terrified of shots) and two I just feel they do not know enough about the side effects of the shot. My 11-year-old got her first dose in January, with no side effects beyond mild pain in the injection site for maybe two hours. It surprised me that it was time for her to get started with these, but my pediatrician made a great case for it. I would absolutely recommend. I can't think of any downsides.
  • I had this discussion with my own gyn proactively. The doctor indicated that the full term of effectiveness is not yet know or is still under discussion so it's best to wait until as close as possible to the time that your daughter may be sexually active before giving the vaccine. That way she's protected for a longer period of time. I got the vaccine for my daughter. I felt it was one more way that I can protect her. It is given in three shots and the injection site is tender afterwards, but she never had any other problems with it.
  • I recommend it most definitely!! They are trying to decreases the chances of HPV spreading like it is. I was pretty much told that the only way that you really avoid having any forms of HPV is if you have only been sexually active with one other person and if they have only been with you as well. As soon as the dr. recommends her getting the shot I will most def. give it to her. They are hoping that if they can give the shot now at the ages of 11 and 12 before young girls become sexually active hopefully they can stop the spread of HPV before it ever gets started. I did not experience any side effects at all, maybe a little tenderness around the shot area.
  • My daughter had the vaccine last year. It's three shots over several months. The only side effect she had was soreness in the muscle where she got the shot.
  • My daughter is now 15 and she got the shots back when she was old enough. (It is actually a sequence of 3 shots over 6 months.) She had no side effects. I got them for her on the recommendation of her doctor and the fact that I wanted to prevent any kind of cancer I could.
  • I have actually had the vaccine myself at 27, I have one out of three shots to go. I would highly recommend it. I didn't have any side effect except for soreness around the injection spot.
  • Both of my girls had it. One was 11 and one was 12. They had no side effects what so ever.