Will you vaccinate your child against HPV?
By Maura Rhodes
At my 12-year-old daughter's last check-up, the pediatrician asked if I wanted to give her Gardasil. I said no. I knew that Gardasil, the cervical cancer vaccine, works by providing immunity against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is primarily shared through sexual contact. Why on earth would I need to protect my child against a sexually transmitted bug? While it might make sense for an older teen or woman in her early 20's to take a needle in the name of warding off a virus she might catch from someone she's sleeping with, sticking it to a seventh-grader (or a fourth-grader: Gardasil is approved for males and females ages 9 to 26) seems tantamount to giving her permission to start hooking up.
Here's what one of the developers of the vaccine, Sharecare expert Diane M. Harper, MD, a professor in the department of biomedical and health informatics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, told me about the HPVRead More »from The Cervical Cancer Vaccine: Timing is (and Isn’t) Everything