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To ask you to tell me about the HPV Vaccine and if your daughters had it?

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neighbourhoodwoes Mon 02-May-16 22:42:36

DD just gave me the letter which has to be returned by tomorrow.

Everything I read online about how effective and how long it lasts is conflicting.

Does anyone have any info or views which may help!

Patapouf Mon 02-May-16 22:49:49

I've had it and I've suffered no ill effects. AFAIK I don't have HPV either


Berthatydfil Mon 02-May-16 22:51:29

My dd had it and all her friends and her friends that are a school year younger. I'm not aware of anyone having any side effects.

Cutecat78 Mon 02-May-16 22:52:54

My DD had it and she had a weird reaction afterwards (not a drama lama at all). But am
glad she had it.

EatShitDerek Mon 02-May-16 22:53:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Aussiemum78 Mon 02-May-16 22:55:27

My daughter had it, sore arm for a day or two but otherwise fine.

Very grateful it reduces her cervical cancer risk.

ToadsforJustice Mon 02-May-16 22:56:16

My DDs didn't have it. AFAIA there is no evidence that it has prevented a single case of cervical cancer, or how long the vaccine is effective. I refused to let my DDs be guinea pigs.

foursillybeans Mon 02-May-16 22:57:44

My DD had it with no problems. I'd rather some side effects and reduce her risk of cervical cancer.

FoggyMorn Mon 02-May-16 22:57:59

I have no DDs, but at great expense, we have paid for our 3 eldest DS's to have Gardasil. It doesn't just protect against cervical cancer, but also against other cancers such as those of the neck, mouth and throat. HPV infection is a concern for both males and females.
Currently the vaccine is only routinely offered to young females in here (uk), although there are hints that that might change quite soon (maybe next year) smile

Our 3 DS had 3 injections each, no side effects other than a sore arm.

noeffingidea Mon 02-May-16 22:59:56

My daughter had it, even though she has special needs and is unlikely to be sexually active. I just thought she deserved to have the same level of protection as any other woman.
HPV isn't just a cause of cervical cancer, it's also responsible for some oral, throat and anal cancers. Personally I think boys should be offered it as well, to protect men in the gay population.
I honestly can't think of any reason for yourdaughter not to have it, unless there are specific medical reasons not to.

FoggyMorn Mon 02-May-16 23:04:12

Noe, straight men, (and women), are also at risk of head, neck and anal cancers caused by HPV. Imo ALL young people should be offered the vaccines.

SuburbanRhonda Mon 02-May-16 23:05:58

AFAIA there is no evidence that it has prevented a single case of cervical cancer

How would it be possible to prove that anyway? Can you link to the information that backs up your claim?

PacificDogwod Mon 02-May-16 23:08:20

I agree, it should be available to all young people before they become sexually active.
But then I would say that, as a mother to 4 boys.

Of course the longterm success of the vaccine will only be borne out in time, but it's safety is well established. I don't see offering it to girls (currently) as using them as guinea pigs. But vaccines, like any other effective medicine, can never be totally risk free, I just know which risk I'd prefer for my DCs.

neighbourhoodwoes Mon 02-May-16 23:10:11

No medical reason not to have it. I just know nothing about it other than what I have read in the last half an hour.

Not anti vaccine. DD had her MMR in the midst of the Andrew Wakefield kick off with a family history of autism (obviously I now know he was proved incorrect) and I decided I would rather deal with autism than the horrific effect measles can have. So definitely not against vaccines.

Is it true that it lasts five years?

Toddzoid Mon 02-May-16 23:11:13

I had it. Arm was sore for about a fortnight but other than that all good

anotherbusymum14 Mon 02-May-16 23:16:16

I read an article about this just the other day. Apparently for those who do get the virus in their lifetime 90+% of people apparently the body fights it and gets over it without any intervention. There was a bit of query as to why they were giving this jab out as there have been more people adversely affected by the jab than anything else. Apparently one of the lead scientists stepped up and said it was wrong to give it out and she was quickly hushed up. Anyway this is just what I read, maybe you can find more online. I'm not against immunizations at all. We have done the lot in our house, except this one. I just wasn't convinced it was necessary but that's only my opinion. Good luck with finding out more.

NoMudNoLotus Mon 02-May-16 23:16:42

I'm a senior HCP.

Went to a conference last week about cervical cancer. It was truly eye opening.

The HPV vaccine is only active on 2-4 cancer causing strains - there are around 16.

Many young women coming through believe that the HPV gives them life immunity which of course it doesn't . Starting sex at a young age, smoking, and failing to attend 3 yearly screenings still remain risk factors even post vaccine.

GreatFuckability Mon 02-May-16 23:18:47

I will not be giving it to my DD.

anotherbusymum14 Mon 02-May-16 23:23:38

Here's the article. The doctor, Dr Harper, is real. Not sure how valid her comments were though. Worth a read.

neighbourhoodwoes Mon 02-May-16 23:29:51

Nomud as a HCP would you give your child the vaccine based on what you know about it?

Yoksha Mon 02-May-16 23:33:37

I used to be a medical receptionist. We had monthly practice in-house meetings. Just before the HPV vaccine was rolled out, we had a vote. The question asked "was how many of you here would vaccinate their daughter against cervical cancer"? All the non HCP who worked there raised their hands. Not one of the 5 GP's or 3 practice nurses raised theirs.

I then watched a panorama episode on the vaccine. From that I learned that out of the 18 strains of the HPV, the vaccine only protected against 2 strains. And boosters were going to be required to ensure ongoing protection.

My M-il died from cervical cancer.. I had to have a hysterectomy due to developing abnormal cells. So I was over the moon when I initially heard about the vaccine. I envisaged my 2 daughters free from the disease, but that isn't strictly the case. My grand daughter was the only girl in her school who didn't get the vaccine.

neighbourhoodwoes Mon 02-May-16 23:33:41

Hmm is it Gardasil in the UK also?

Beepbopboop Mon 02-May-16 23:38:29

I had it.
Absolutely no side affects at all. Didn't even have a sore arm.
Much rather risk the miniscule chance of side effects than get HPV, which causes pretty much all forms of cervical cancer.
No one at my school had any side effects either.

anotherbusymum14 Mon 02-May-16 23:38:44

I think Gardisil is the generic name in more than one country.

jimpam Tue 03-May-16 00:01:40

I had it on a catch up scheme due to my age when it was introduced in my area. I was already sexually active but they did it anyway. Hurt a lot that day I remember. Otherwise not much to report really.

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