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Should I have my daughter get the HPV vaccine?

By Anonymous September 1, 2009 - 10:00am
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I have 2 children (girl & boy) and have never thought twice about giving them the recommended vaccines. My daughter is now 10, and the HPV vaccine is in her near future. I don't feel that it has been tested enough, and that the benefit doesn't outweigh the risk. It seems to be getting pushed fairly heavily (more-so than any other vaccine), and I'm wondering if this is mostly the manufacturer?? Are doctors that are recommending it receiving some sort of kick-back? Would you have your daughter vaccinated at this time?

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What a great question! As I'm sure you are aware, you will hear many different opinions on this matter, as some people are "anti-vaccine" for many reasons, and some people are "pro-vaccine" for many other reasons. Most people are neither, and I also assume the silent majority who are "middle-of-the road" on this topic will remain, well, silent. I suspect to hear from the strong "pros" and "cons" on this topic, and since I work with EmpowHer, I will provide the pros and cons, both of receiving the vaccine and not receiving the vaccine.

Your main question: how do we know what information is "real"; is it from companies or individuals who are benefiting one way or another, and/or, wanting to hide something? Is it from individuals who want to "make a stand" without taking into account individual needs and risks?

Let me see what non-biased information I can find; if it's available. If it's from a particular entity, I will provide the resource. In the meantime, I am sure you will hear from many other's about the pros/cons of this vaccine, and I would ask that everyone (no matter what your stance) try to provide all the information in a way that is factual, as this is such an important question.

Thanks! I'll get back with information soon.

September 1, 2009 - 11:46am
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