As a mother and a woman, my head is not in the sand. If you follow this blog then you know that I am trying to give my children the values and strength of character to remain abstinent as single adults, whether they choose marriage or not. Am I aware that they may not be able to live up to this expectation? Absolutely. That's why I'm conflicted by whether or not I should subject the princess to this shot if there is information about its dangers.
I just read that 32 women in the United States have died as a result of illness directly related to side effects from Gardasil. Honestly, I don't believe the FDA will truly know the full effect of this vaccine on women until a whole generation grows up vaccinated. That could take twenty years. There is no way I want my daughter to be the FDA's test rat! On the other hand, Cervical Cancer is devastating and horrible. How could I live with myself if I denied the princess Gardasil and then she got sick from HPV?
Every time one of my children gets vaccinated, I cringe. Just the idea of my babies being injected with a virus, dead or not, makes me want to wrestle the syringe out of the nurse's hand and tackle her to the floor. Instead, I hold my child's hands down on the table while he screams "Mama help!" looking away so he won't catch my glassy eyes. I know the very rare risks of vaccines, and the research being done on them. However, don't forget what Polio, for example, was like for people. Parents don't have to worry about many crippling and often fatal illnesses any longer thanks to God and modern medicine. I have to make a choice and I decide to take a risk in that case. Finding out that these vaccines are created using discarded fetal tissue by certain vaccine companies turns my stomach and makes me feel quite crazy. What is a mother to do? I still choose to vaccinate my children.
Gardasil is different. It's "new" and it doesn't prevent all types of HPV. Do I think my daughter will be more promiscuous because she feels a sense of invincibility with the vaccine? No. Will I make her get the shot at eleven years old? I'm leaning towards no. I have such a bad feeling about it.
Women over twenty six are not eligible for the vaccine. Right now I think I'm going to let her decide for herself about getting it when she goes to college, or when she's old enough to go to the OBGYN and make those types of decisions about her body.
I seriously pray that my children will be reverent of their bodies and those of others. I do all I can to live and teach this message to them. When I was a teen and a young adult, I was already thinking of my future children when I struggled with chastity. I knew I had to live it for them. In the case of the princess, what if she chaste as a single adult, but, God forbid, some monster sexually assaults her? It's hard to even write down this idea, since it makes me want to strangle hypothetical people; (I'm only human). Then I would kick myself for preventing her from being vaccinated.
I just don't know about Gardasil. I'm really conflicted. I know my kids are small right now, but before you know it this decision will be looming over my head. Readers, what are your thoughts?
- Read this article about the dangers of Gardasil:
- Read this article about HPV:
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