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AIBU to withdraw consent for hpv vaccine

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Ilovehamabeads Wed 08-Nov-17 21:15:50

Signed the forms ages ago for DD to have the HPV vaccine tomorrow. I didn't really read up on it, other than the NHS info leaflet she bought home with the consent form.
Tomorrow is the day she's due to have the first jab. I'm now regretting signing that form so readily, having read more about it. I know in my head that the stories I've read are just the very, very few that went wrong out of millions. But, at the same time I'm thinking what if..
Would it be totally ridiculous to change my mind at the last minute? I think I just need a few people to tell me I'm an idiot for believing the evidence of a few, over the evidence of many!

PerfumeIsAMessage Wed 08-Nov-17 21:17:38

Do you feel the same about other vaccines? None of which can ever be guaranteed totally safe?
Exactly. wink

MrTrebus Wed 08-Nov-17 21:17:40


RacingRaccoons Wed 08-Nov-17 21:18:13

The HPV vaccine is a very important vaccination to have and I really recommend you letting her have it.
There will always be some nonsense going around (ie MMR causes autism, etc) but the benefits greatly outweigh the side effects.

CoffeebyIV Wed 08-Nov-17 21:18:26

I wish Id had the opportuniry to have the vaccine. I'm one of the unlucky that seems unable to fight it ans have to keep having folllow up smears as each one before tests positive.

EastMidsMummy Wed 08-Nov-17 21:20:24

YABU. Your daughter will not thank you in the future if your irrational fears end up with he getting cervical cancer in later life.

DirtyThirties Wed 08-Nov-17 21:21:10

As someone who has had many uncomfortable treatments thanks to the HPV, I feel really strong in saying that all young girls should be vaccinated so we can get rid of this thing once and for all. She will thank you for it one day OP

deepestdarkestperu Wed 08-Nov-17 21:21:26

Please let her have it. You're protecting her against several strains of HPV, which can, if left untreated, develop into cervical cancer. Please protect her as much as you can.

PurpleDaisies Wed 08-Nov-17 21:21:37

What does your daughter want?

The HPV vaccine is definitely something I’d consent to.

titchy Wed 08-Nov-17 21:21:55

But, at the same time I'm thinking what if..

Why aren't you thinking what if she gets cervical cancer? That's a far more likely outcome if she doesn't have the vaccine.

AveEldon Wed 08-Nov-17 21:22:52

What does your DD want to do?

MrsBB1982 Wed 08-Nov-17 21:24:00

I’m a doctor and I will be getting my DD vaccinated for HPV when she’s old enough. Please don’t read to much into the hype. I’m very pro-vaccination even after someone helpfully asked if I’d thought of suing the NHS for ‘giving my son autism’ by giving me ‘propoganda’(!) and getting him vaccinated for MMR

Apocalyptichorsewoman Wed 08-Nov-17 21:24:21


Somerville Wed 08-Nov-17 21:25:06

Reading the NHS information before signing was all that most parents do, and is totally sufficient. It presents the facts, and those are what is important. Bits of unverifiable anecdata that you've subsequently come across online are not how you should decide.

Cancer is shit and I wish there were more types I could protect my children from with vaccines.

L238 Wed 08-Nov-17 21:25:55

It’s a hugely beneficial vaccine so I’d urge you not to be put off by the scare stories.
It’s not just protection against cervical cancer, there are other HPV related cancers that she’ll be protected against. Additionally she’ll have protection against genital warts which, whilst not harmful do cause a huge amount of distress and anxiety. I work in sexual health so I’m saying this with firsthand experience.
Australia started giving Gardasil (the 4 strain HPV vaccine) way before the UK and rates of genital warts have plummeted

PigletWasPoohsFriend Wed 08-Nov-17 21:27:16

As someone who has had cervical cancer, YABU

BillywilliamV Wed 08-Nov-17 21:31:43

As someone facing a very possible diagnosis of cervical cancer in the morning I too would say, let her have the vaccine.

Ilovehamabeads Wed 08-Nov-17 21:32:26

Thank you for the unanimous vote of muppetness on my behalf.
Both my DC have had every vaccination going and I've never questioned any of them. I don't know why I feel differently this time. I won't withdraw the consent, I just needed my head wobbling!

Aderyn17 Wed 08-Nov-17 21:36:31

I think it is okay to withdraw consent for now, to read up on it and then make a decision when you feel fully informed.

DancesWithOtters Wed 08-Nov-17 21:36:34

Please don't withdraw consent.

I spent 2011 having multiple colposcopy appointments, and the lletz treatment twice. I wish the vaccine was available when I was a teen.

In my friendship group 5 of us have had treatment for abnormal cells in the last few years. So much more common than people realise.

IFellDownAHole Wed 08-Nov-17 21:37:27

I also wish I’d had an opportunity to have HPV vaccine. I’ve had nearly a decade now of yearly smears, positive results, of to the hospital for cervical layering, mostly that works but I’ve had to have 3 loop incisions as well. I’m very lucky I had my dc’s early as if I was to try now (at 32) I would almost certainly have to go through multiple miscarriages before being diagnosed with an incompetent cervix, which even if stitched during pregnancy makes it very high risk. And I’m one of the lucky ones with hpv.

If my dm had the chance to prevent this happening to me and hadn’t I’m not sure how I’d feel abou it.

underneaththeash Wed 08-Nov-17 21:38:16

I've just had a google and apart from the obvious nutter sites, I can't see anything too worrying. The majorly reported issues appears to be headaches, fainting during the procedure, allergies/inflammation at the injection site etc. nothing serious especially when compared to dying of cervical cancer.

One of the less daft sites does suggest that there is a tiny link with SLE (lupus) but a bit more googling and you can see that the link is the other way round ie. those with SLE have more risk of contracting HPV.

Please let your daughter have the vaccine. Its too late for many of us, but not for her.

Jjacobb Wed 08-Nov-17 21:39:58

You’ve made the right choice op. I had stage 3 CC three years ago. I am cured but my life will never be the same due to extensive damage caused by the treatment.

Stefoscope Wed 08-Nov-17 21:42:17

I'd have it in a heartbeat. Fortunately I've not had cervical cancer, but did have the HPV virus for around 4 years and needed several colposcopies and eventually LLetz treatment. I ended up having to have quite a large area of tissue removed from my cervix which I'm told may cause issues carrying a baby to term in the future.

AdoraBell Wed 08-Nov-17 21:43:57

Have you done enough research, and the right type, to be better informed about vaccinations than the medical profession?

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