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will your daughter be getting vaccinated? i hear it is being proposed as a law in texas that girls must have the vaccine to enter school. i am up in the air at this time.

Mon. Feb 12, 12:38pm

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It's actually an HPV vaccine, some of the strains of which lead to the vast majority of incidences of cervical cancer as well as genital warts. As a young woman myself who was not previously exposed to the virus, I have gotten this vaccine. It is called Gardasil.


Monday, February 12, 2007, 1:28 PM

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did your insurance cover the costs?

Monday, February 12, 2007, 1:30 PM

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while i think the vaccine is a great idea, and i'm glad something like this is now available i don't think it should be "law" that girls get vaccinated. for one, it would an unfair law that requires females only to be vaccinated. also, i understand why measles, mumps, rubella etc vaccinations are required before going to school, as these childhood diseases become widespread in schools otherwise, but telling parents that you know best for their daughters? no-wrong!

a much better idea would be to have the school nurses come into classrooms at the same age and talk about cervical cancer, and HPV and that the only guranteed ways to avoid it are to abstain from sex or get the vaccine. parents should encourage their daughters to meet w/ a gyno earlier than 18 (even if they are not sexually active), not necessarily for a pelvic exam, but just to talk about their bodies, what they can do to protect themselves, and answer any questions they may have.

i don't think the government has any right in this. what if we find out 10 years from now that all the young girls vaccinated in texas right now develop a complication from the vaccine because of their young age? let gardasil be out on the market used by consenting women for a little longer before we test this out on children!

Monday, February 12, 2007, 1:31 PM

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I agree with the 1:31 poster. Cervical cancer and HPV are not things that can become widespread outside of specific contact (HPV), if at all. This isn't a place for the government, this is an individuals decision.

Monday, February 12, 2007, 1:39 PM

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i think both boys and girls ahould be vaccinated. boys can carry the disease and pass it on to girls who have not been vaccinated.

would you rather your daughter get HPV or a vaccine?

Monday, February 12, 2007, 1:46 PM

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