Could you say more about your concerns?
Sure. I feel that its too new of a vaccine to know all there is to know about it. This whole thing was just sprung on us. The school nurse came into school and gave my girls (all girls in their class) some information about it, but not a whole lot. My girls came home telling me they needed to get a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, thats how they put it. The school nurse told the girls that it is HIGHLY recommend they get the vaccine... without giving us a whole lot of info about it. From what I get by my girls reaction to the 'presentation' I feel they are being pressured to have the vaccine. I do have until October to do all the research I need to do before I make my final decision, but I dont see that there is a need to rush it for my girls. I want to really think this thru. The research Ive been doing is not looking good. It mentions siezures, brain damage, all sorts.
Ill be honest with you. Im ready to be flamed and blasted here but we teach our kids that the best protection against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies is to practice abstinence. That its nothing to be ashamed of, waiting to have sex, even if plenty of their peers are doing it. Now, if they wait till marriage, which I do not believe is beyond the realm of possibility, it isnt impossible, if they also marry someone who is a virgin, what are their chances of getting the form of cervical cancer that is 'prevented' by this vaccine? If their husbands had been promiscuous, does this increase their chances of getting it, would he be able to be tested for these sorts of diseases. These are the things I, as their mother, need to consider before I allow them, at the age of 12, to get a vaccine that is reletively new and very controvercial, one that *I* dont have enough information on. I would need to weigh up the pros and cons here. Thats the angle Im coming from.
Fwiw, we have used it as an opportunity to discuss sex and sexual relationships. I dont spook my kids, but I do lay out all the cards on the table. I do HIGHLY recommend they wait to have sex, and I do recommend that it IS best for them to wait till marriage. It is such a personal thing and I know its not a very popular thing to advocate these days but ... hey, this is us.