Many parents still have a lot of questions about giving their daughters the Gardasil vaccine. I understand why.
First, We really don’t want to accept that our 10-year-old babies will be faced with the sexual onslaught, now known as Middle School. It is the land of Lollipop parties where girls give oral sex to multiple boys for stature and attention.
Not only are Middle Schoolers engaging in high risk oral sex behaviors, they are not afraid to invite or broadcast it on the internet via their cell phones. I had a patient tell me, “Well you can thank Bill Clinton for that!” At the time, I thought it was absurd but he did introduce the mainstream to the belief that oral sex is not a big deal or even recognized as sex with the infamous,” I did not have sexual relations with that woman!” Teenagers will report that kissing is more intimate than oral sex. My how things have changed!
Secondly, if you google Gardasil, the only information on the first page are horror stories of ailments attributed to the vaccine. It is really hard to find objective data about the safety of the vaccine until you look to the groups that we have given our tax dollars to do the research for us and to keep us safe. The CDC and the FDA have continued to the support the safety of this vaccine. CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW THEY FOLLOW SAFETY
Finally, putting the 2 together, is it really necessary?
Let’s review the basics:
Gardasil is a vaccine introduced in May of 2006 to help prevent cervical cancer and genital warts.