Poll: have your kids received the HPV vaccine?


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  • Every vaccine ever. Why should I let my kids suffer when a tiny needle can prevent it?

  • If I had them, my kids would have every vaccine my doctor suggested, even if I had to buy them myself.

  • lilady R.N.

    My daughter did not receive the vaccine, because she was too old to benefit her//sigh.

    • I feel your pain. But, give it another couple of years, and I’m sure there will be one for older people. I trust researchers like Dr. Simpson are working on it even now.

      • lilady R.N.

        Any new vaccine that is developed covering more strains of the HPV, would protect preteens before they became sexually active. That new vaccine would not cure a HPV infection, previously acquired.

        • Of course. I was referring to those who hadn’t yet gotten the virus (as verified by a screening), but were too old for this one. Am I making any sense, or just digging myself deeper?

          • lilady R.N.

            You’re not digging yourself in deeper. The CDC and the AAP recommend the vaccine before a child becomes sexually active.

            Regular gynecological checkups and Pap smears may decrease the chance of dying from cervical cancer, but they are not foolproof and women of all ages still die from the disease. It is far better to decrease the risk of cervical cancer by ~70 %, by providing the vaccine to preteens before they have sexual relations:


            • First Officer

              Maybe the operative phrase is “sexually active”, rather than age.

            • Unfortunately, the CDC sets ages not sexual status. But you’re right.

            • lilady R.N.

              The VIS for Gardasil recommends the vaccine for males and females into their 20’s…only they refer to the vaccine shots as “catch up” vaccines:


              I don’t see any reason for your doctor to NOT provide the vaccine to an older individual who has been celibate beyond the cutoff ages, but it probably would not be covered by your medical plan. In fact, if your doctor is strictly an adult medicine practitioner (in the case of a celibate male), who does not stock the vaccine, (s)he could refer you to a colleague who is a “family medicine practitioner” for the shots.

              I’m open to having a discussion, guys. 🙂

            • Right. That’s the current one. I was meaning, that I trust a new one is being developed for folks who were too old for Gardasil when it came out.

              I’m not sure, but I think the cut off age for Gardasil is 14 (?). I’m thinking researchers are working on a vaccine that can be administered to 20 year olds who have been screened, and shown not to have it. You know, so there’d be more than one HPV vaccine? Or is that just not possible?

  • Linda Tock

    Both my daughter and my niece have had it, my son will when he’s old enough.

  • Lawrence McNamara

    Haven’t had my kids get it yet, only because they are still too young….fully up on the rest of the schedule, however.

  • kellymbray

    Both my boys got the full series. No pain, no problem. Paid in full by Blueshield.

  • Amber Miller

    My little one and whatever other children I will have will be getting this as soon as they are old enough. I got the full series at 19 with no ill effects.

  • Sullivan ThePoop

    I have two daughters who both received all three doses of gardasil at the same time. My older daughter was 17 and she definitely had more mild-moderate side effects. Nothing long lasting, but burning at the injection site and transient arthritis in the joints of the arm she got the injection in. My younger daughter was 11 and only had a little injection site pain, no burning or anything else. So, it seems like another case where delaying, a lot of parents say they will leave it up to their children when they are older, causes more harm than good.

    • I don’t want to minimize it, but stuff happens. Vaccines are incredibly safe, but there are minor, transient pain at the injection site, and there could be some referred pain. But, you did the right thing. I have a friend who gave a huge, temporary increase in allowance if his two daughters didn’t complain about the experience. I’m usually good with an ice cream cone.

      • Sullivan ThePoop

        No, I know things happen I was pointing out that delaying it can cause a higher risk of more than minimal side effects with HPV just like with MMR. The arthritis my daughter’s doctor reported to VAERS. So, it was not typical.

  • Margaret

    Damn straight she received all 3 doses! A vaccine that prevents a form of cancer?! Only an idiot would pass up something like that!

  • Maggie Howell

    I even paid out-of-pocket as Anthem Blue Cross PPO didn’t cover it the first year (however, HMO did).

    • Insurance companies are so inconsistent about paying for it. Kaiser seems to have the most open rules, but then again, they are part of the whole Vaccine Database, and they know how many lives are saved by vaccines.