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To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate Your Son?

By Danielle |

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A new hot vaccination debate is brewing among experts. As if there aren’t enough of them already right?  In recent months professionals have been looking at the controversial HPV vaccine which helps prevent the transmission of the sexually transmitted disease also known as the human papillomavirus.

HPV has also been linked to certain cervical cancers in women which is why we see the vaccine, as well as the big push to have our children vaccinated for something considered a sexually transmitted disease.

The biggest worry at this point according to professionals is the vaccine is too costly to justify the wide spread use through our sons, and adult men. The makers of the vaccine have something different to say though.

Merck & Co’s Gardasil vaccine is approved for boys, safe and it would be cost-effective, CDC researchers and vaccine experts told a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Thursday.

Researchers also say that some men which include homosexual, and bisexual would greatly benefit from this vaccine because it will help prevent against certain types of anal cancers. While HPV remains the highest cause for cervical cancer, it also has been linked to penis cancer, anus cancer, and cancer of the head and neck.

The current HPV vaccine – Gardisal is recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for girls, and women ages 11 to 26 years old.

Do you plan to look into Gardisal vaccines to prevent HPV in your sons and daughters?

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10 thoughts on “To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate Your Son?

  1. goddess says:

    Nope. Not until much more testing is done.

  2. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    I’m hoping there is more definitive information on the safety and efficacy of this vaccine by the time my children are of age to receive it.

  3. jenny tries too hard says:

    Yes. My sister has had the vaccine with (so far) no adverse reaction. I was a little nervous about how new it was then, about four years ago, but by the time my own kids are old enough to get the vaccine, it will have been on the market quite a while. And I hate, hate, hate the argument against not vaccinating because it’s an STD. People have contracted plenty of STDs through being the victims of sexual assault and adultery; if there were a safe effective vaccine for every single STD under the sun I would get want my kids to have them all, even as I teach them about being responsible with their sexuality.

  4. jenny tries too hard says:

    against not vaccinating = against vaccinating

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  7. Laure68 says:

    I agree with everything jenny said.

    Determining the cost effectiveness of a vaccine is a legitimate debate, but I since vaccines are meant to stop the spread of disease, I wouldn’t think that boys should be less likely to get this vaccine than girls.

    Obviously this is a new vaccine and we’ll know more about longer-term effects as the years go on. However, most vaccine “debate” is not a real debate, but science vs. pseudoscience. I would be especially skeptical about what I read on the “problems” with this vaccine because so many on the Christian right are against it.

  8. Brandy says:

    I completely intend to vaccinate my son in about 6 or 7 years when he’s old enough to get it. Vaccinations are cheap insurance, as far as I’m concerned. Let’s say he only ever has sex with one person and marries him or her. Will it have been unnecessary? Maybe, but I know how the world works, and at the very least, when he does fall in love, even if he has made a few mistakes, his love won’t have to suffer or risk his or her life.

  9. Jenna says:

    My daughter will absolutly be getting this vaccine when she’s old enough, along with all the other vaccines recommended by the CDC. I want to keep her safe, end of story.

  10. Melissa says:

    Yes. My oldest daughter just had hers and when her little brother and sister are old enough they will too. Prevention is better than treatment. With a better outcome prediction.

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