I have to question why anyone would feel a need to vaccinate a child against this sort of thing anyway.
In my opinion its something that should be set aside as a specific “Opt in” choice for parents.
>>I have to question why anyone would feel a need to vaccinate a child against this sort of thing anyway.<<
Because the government is using scare tactics to push parents to get it.
Every report about girls maturing earlier is forcing the age down too. My doctor asked me about it when my daughter was still 9. When I said no, he told me that he won’t get it for his own daughter, either. Too many side effects for something that is easily avoided. And no, this doctor is not anti-vaccine, just anti-THIS vaccine.
I even had a college aged friend tell me that she got it because her college clinic told her that it prevents all kinds of herpes AND all cervical cancers. Nice, huh?
I am extremely disappointed with the easy comfort many here appear to have with govt coercion, when it's their guy doing it.
People will rationalize anything.
What are your thoughts on the Polio and Small Pox vaccines? Should that have been a Opt In?
The medical profession pushes this vaccine very heavily on teenage girls. I have a 17 year old who, in my opinion, can make her own decision about this vaccine when she is 21. Personally, I am not comfortable with it - I think there is more than meets the eye on this whole issue i.e. pandering to drug companies, etc.
As a parent who agreed to get both of my daughter vaccinated years ago, here are my reasons:
We did our research and spoke with some very good communicable disease doctors about it. (A benefit of having a wife that works at a big hospital and knows all of the department heads.)
We knew that this vaccine would help prevent a very preventable cancer.
While it is sexually transmitted, getting the vaccine was not a “license” to have sex. Any good parent can deal with that issue. Getting the vaccine early in life gives it the best chance to work properly.
If you discuss sexuality, and reinforce the many issues—both moral and “practical” with young teenagers you can help them make the right decisions over and over.
And finally, I realized that I had sex before I got married. I am a good person. I am a moral person. If I did it, I could guess there was a good probability they were going to have sex before marriage.
Based on that thought process, we decided to get our kids vaccinated.
That said, I would have been pissed if the government made that call for me.