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  • The HPV Vaccine: Should You Vaccinate Your Kids Or Not?

    Deciding whether the HPV vaccine benefits outweigh the risks can be a very difficult decision for parents. Have you chosen to get your children vaccinated?

    Whether you have decided for or against the HPV vaccine, we are eager to hear your experiences. Remember, this is a judgment-free zone so feel free to share!

    Since this is such an important topic, we decided to write an entire article on it to help you make your own informed decision on whether to HPV vaccinate or not. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic!

    You can read the full article by clicking here: www.womens-health.com/hpv-vaccine-pros-cons-controversy

  • Alison, this is such a fantastic article.

    Although I do not yet have children, I have given thought to whether or not I would get them the HPV vaccination. There is so much misinformation out there that it makes the decision an extra difficult one for parents. This article really separates fact from fiction!

    Thanks for sharing your own personal story with us, too.
    "Be what you're looking for."

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    • Originally posted by Ashlee T. View Post
      Alison, this is such a fantastic article.

      Although I do not yet have children, I have given thought to whether or not I would get them the HPV vaccination. There is so much misinformation out there that it makes the decision an extra difficult one for parents. This article really separates fact from fiction!

      Thanks for sharing your own personal story with us, too.

      Thank you, Ashlee!

      I can completely relate. Sometimes it feels like there are two pieces of misinformation for every one piece of genuine information floating around out there. When it comes to making a decision that will affect our children’s health, misinformation does nothing but add to our confusion. And that’s not helping anyone.

      I really hope that the piece will enable parents to make an informed choice for their children, whatever they decide.

      Part of me also hopes that sharing my own story will encourage not just vaccination, but that it will also serve as a gentle reminder to keep up on those Pap smears. We all hate them… no one ever wakes up on their gyno appointment day thinking to themselves, “YAY! I can’t wait to see that speculum again!”

      But they are an important part of our health maintenance, even if they suck.

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      • A great article. At age 60, I am beyond the age that the vaccine (Gardasil 9) is approved for. Wikipedia indicates that in many counties the cost is below $5 a dose whereas in the USA it is about $130 a dose (no cost to patient for socialized medicine countries in Europe - is it available on demand or only for at risk patients?). I wonder if the cost has made a difference in the USA as to the level of vaccination.
        I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
        ...
        Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

        From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

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        • jns that is really interesting. Social media, or rather the fact that people all over the world are now communicating on LOTS of different topics, has really brought to light the differences in healthcare costs.

          While visiting France a few years ago, the French folks we were with were pointing out places to us and mentioned a hospital. They mentioned that if they need medical care, they can go to the hospital for care with no worries of cost. Yet, here....many people do not go when needed in fear that it will cause them financial hardship. Different worlds, huh?

          I recently had some blood done due to a positive Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever test. Then, CDC recommends retest 2 weeks after treatment begins, so I had to pay for the RMSF test TWICE. So far, I have lab bills in for over $300 (and that doesn't include the visit cost.) Due to high-deductible insurance plans, that is out of pocket cost.

          As insurance "value" has declined in the U.S. (or it has here, at least) I can only imagine this has and will continue to impact the administration of non-mandatory vaccines, like HPV.
          "Be what you're looking for."

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          • jns I wonder the same thing — if vaccination rates are impeded in the United States due to the cost. I was concerned the HPV vaccine wouldn’t be covered by our insurance and with two daughters (one who required 3 shots because she began the series at 15), it would have run more than $650 for both out of pocket. (Insurance did cover them, thankfully.)

            Locally, vaccines are available through the county board of health and they do have a reduced-rate vaccine program for families who qualify. (I don’t know how much the price is decreased, only that it is to some degree.)

            But I don’t doubt that, beyond the controversy over the vaccine, the cost is a factor for those who are un- or under-insured.

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            • Originally posted by Alison H. View Post
              jns I wonder the same thing — if vaccination rates are impeded in the United States due to the cost. I was concerned the HPV vaccine wouldn’t be covered by our insurance and with two daughters (one who required 3 shots because she began the series at 15), it would have run more than $650 for both out of pocket. (Insurance did cover them, thankfully.)

              Locally, vaccines are available through the county board of health and they do have a reduced-rate vaccine program for families who qualify. (I don’t know how much the price is decreased, only that it is to some degree.)

              But I don’t doubt that, beyond the controversy over the vaccine, the cost is a factor for those who are un- or under-insured.
              Insurance companies sometimes look at their bottom line to decide on what to cover and what not to cover. I hope all would cover such vaccines but I wouldn't bet on it because what I have read about them not covering reasonable health related things in the past. So cost could be a factor even for some of those who have health insurance.
              I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
              ...
              Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

              From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

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              • Originally posted by jns View Post

                Insurance companies sometimes look at their bottom line to decide on what to cover and what not to cover. I hope all would cover such vaccines but I wouldn't bet on it because what I have read about them not covering reasonable health related things in the past. So cost could be a factor even for some of those who have health insurance.
                Oh, I absolutely agree. You would **think** that in the longterm, it would behoove insurance companies to cover something that prevents future cancers (and future medical costs). But there are many things they don't cover, and I'm sure the HPV vaccine is one, at least for some insurancie companies/policies.

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                • HPV can be given up to age 26 now, at least that's what I read

                  our child had to have 2 vaccines for upcoming school year plus made the eligibility for covid shot, making 4 vaccines in a short amount of time

                  so passing on HPV for now & probably leave it up to child to decide when they're 18

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                  • Originally posted by amy40 View Post
                    HPV can be given up to age 26 now, at least that's what I read

                    our child had to have 2 vaccines for upcoming school year plus made the eligibility for covid shot, making 4 vaccines in a short amount of time

                    so passing on HPV for now & probably leave it up to child to decide when they're 18
                    If I were you and I could find a way to pay for it, I would get your child vaccinated against HPV. Once vaccinated, the need for testing for HPV goes down. I have never regretted getting vaccinated against various diseases and I'm glad my parents had me vaccinated. If anybody is going to put ideas in a child's head, it should be the parents. Don't cede that territory to someone you don't know.
                    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
                    ...
                    Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

                    From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

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                    • Originally posted by jns View Post
                      Once vaccinated, the need for testing for HPV goes down. I have never regretted getting vaccinated against various diseases and I'm glad my parents had me vaccinated.
                      jns ...you got the HPV vaccine?

                      who gets tested for HPV?
                      I've never been tested for HPV
                      my vagina has ONLY seen husband's penis

                      we're teaching child that sex is for marriage & child agrees so why need for vaccine?

                      I'm against it especially since there are many stories/bad reactions to that vaccine

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                      • Originally posted by amy40 View Post

                        you got the HPV vaccine?
                        not about $, our child had 4 vaccines in last few months! that's enough

                        who gets tested for HPV?
                        I've never been tested for HPV & why would I?
                        my vagina has only seen husband's penis

                        we're teaching child that sex is for marriage & child agrees so why need for vaccine
                        When I was a teenager we were taught that sex was for marriage. It turned out that most teenagers in my age group did not believe that enough to wait until marriage. Some were lucky. Some had kids out of wedlock. Some had bad relationships. Some died. What you are teaching your child now is a guideline but there is a chance or even a good chance that your child will go against your advice at some point in the future. Even in her late 80s, my mother is still learning of some of the things we did as kids.

                        HPV vaccination is like insurance. Insurance has a cost, but it also has a benefit. The benefit becomes useful in bad times. It is not usable during the good times. The statistics are that 80 percent of sexually active adults have HPV at one time during their lifetime. Most throw it off. But some of those who don't throw it off end up with cancer.

                        From the CDC: "HPV vaccination is not recommended for everyone older than age 26 years. However, some adults age 27 through 45 years who were not already vaccinated may decide to get HPV vaccine after speaking with their doctor about their risk for new HPV infections and the possible benefits of vaccination. HPV vaccination in this age range provides less benefit, as more people have already been exposed to HPV."

                        By the time the HPV vaccine was available, I was already at the upper limit of getting vaccinated and was already married for 15 years. If the vaccine had been available twenty years before that, I would have definitely got vaccinated.
                        I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
                        ...
                        Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

                        From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

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                        • know several people who have had breast cancer
                          two of my neighbors died from it in the last 5 years

                          however, I have never known anyone to have gotten cancer from HPV
                          no relative, no neighbor, no friend

                          once read a research article about HPV & cancer
                          if remember correctly, the greatest risk was for those with multiple partners

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                            • amy40 If you've ever had a Pap test, they possibly tested for HPV at that time. It is sometimes included in the battery of tests done with a standard pap. My gynecologists office does, but my friends does not, so...you may not know if you haven't asked specifically.

                              I'm with you on unnecessary vaccines for preventable diseases. The fact is though, that your child may continue to choose not to have sex, or they may choose to have sex without your knowledge at some point prior to marriage. I think it's great to let them choose tho'. Have you considered an even more open conversation with him/her about getting the vaccine if they decide to have sex prior to 18, and without your knowledge? At least presented that option to them, and reminded them of the availability?

                              And, if your child abstains until marriage, doesn't mean the partner would have, and there's risk of exposure there eventually as well. Just something to think about.

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