My oldest is still a couple years away from needing to make a decision about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. But it’s something I’ve thought about since it first came on the market.
My first reaction was, no. There was a lot of talk about the vaccine being unnecessary. And kids being “over-vaccinated.” I followed the hype.
Since then, I’ve learned more about HPV. And about cervical cancer which can result from it. And to be honest, I fear that more than I fear getting a vaccination. If I could go back in time and be vaccinated myself I would do it.
Because there is nothing I fear more than not being able to see my kids grow up. And to be able to prevent getting cervical cancer. Every pap brings a bit of anxiety until I know the results are clear.
The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. It’s given in three doses over a 6 month period to boys and girls starting at 11-12 years old. If I vaccinate my kids from whooping cough and chicken pox, which I have. Why wouldn’t I vaccinate my girls for something that could prevent HPV? I think I’ve made up my mind.
Is this something you’ve thought about?
You can find out more information from the Centers for Disease Control:
Preteens and Teen Vaccines
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