1.Our pediatrician offered the HPV vaccine for our daughter (age 11), I declined. I told him she can make that decision when she is able to understand fully how HPV is transmitted. My daughter was happy to get two shots over three. But we had to tell her how STDs are spread with multiple partners this evening, but as Catholics we utilize comprehensive preventative healthy behavior with fidelity to one's spouse. The CDC also promotes abstinence and monogamy in its FACT SHEETS. Something to share with your children, if the school's sexual health class does not fully highlight this information. No one should die from an STD, but people shouldn't assume medicine should always be there to accommodate unsafe behavior. Sigh... couldn't just tell a half truth to her and said it was just a vaccine to prevent cancer in woman, as they do in the commercials. What next inform her, that antibiotics can't keep up with the new strains of STDs
2. I shared this on Facebook, and there was a good discussion on the realities of living in a world of STDs. First is that STDs are historic, and have a precedent of harming people. This was before the Pill, as highlighted by NPR. Did Penicillin, Rather Than The Pill, Usher In Age Of Love?
3. We told our daughter because mom and dad are only with each other, we stay healthy. That my 'female doctor' is happy that dad and I are only with each other. It's the same way a doctor wants you to eat healthy and exercise. We address every other health concern with behavior change before chronic management, except for sexual health.
4. It's the way HPV is marketed and pushed on girls and boys at a young age, in which they fail to even mention that HPV is an STD. The public advertising campaign backfired and at age 11 is too young, I would feel more confident at 13 or 14. I have nothing against in general vaccines and antibiotics. But just as a vaccine can save a life, so does monogamy/abstinence. Abstinence can not be 'preached', but I grew up that you can and should do whatever you want as a sexual teen/adult as long as you're do it safe. Medicine can not keep up to manage behavior that can harm us.
6. Money. I think this would be less controversial and higher rates of participation if we didn't have the commercials and the high cost per a shot. The cost per a shot is 120 dollars times three, because you need three shots. The HPV fact sheet I received from the pediatrician was pretty straight forward and compelling without all the dramatic theatrics of 'One Less'. Dr. Oz recommends waiting to the 14 year range, because we do not know how effective it is after 5 years. Gardasil is a big money maker for Merck who lost a lot of profit over Vioxx. The vaccine was pushed through with a lot of soft campaign funding to mandate girls be required to be vaccinated to attend school. That's where parents lost trust, you don't catch STDs in school like you can with measles.