I decided against this vaccine for my teen daughter because I just don’t think it has been studied enough. There are a lot of anecdotal stories about girls fainting, and no one knows why. No one really knows how long it lasts, which like a PP pointed out, if you give the vaccine to your daughter as a young teen (as our Family Practice doc was a couple of years ago) it will be wearing off just about the time where she might really be experiencing exposure.
I have decided to leave this one up to my daughter – she knows the vaccine is available, and if she were to choose to be sexually active against our moral teachings, she has bus fare to the doctor to go and get it.
In the meantime, it is much more important to me to figure out why young girls are sexuality active and how to prevent it, and we have done the following:
She has a good relationship with her own father, and does not need to go looking for affection elsewhere.
She has received teaching in our moral beliefs, that sex is for marriage.
She volunteers with me at the Crisis Pregnancy Center, and sees first hand the consequences of early sexual activity.
She has a strong peer group, from which many of her needs for emotional intimacy are met.
She is kept busy with activities, strongly encouraged in her studies, and is building a future for herself.
She is well supervised. She does enjoy the company of a young man her age, and after it was evident this would be an ongoing thing, his mother came round to our house, and we discussed, in their presence, rules for supervision, and that they are never alone together. We strongly encourage them going out in groups, and spending time with each other with family present.
I pray for her, and her future spouse.
At one point, these will not have to be just my morals, but her own, and I have less control over that. She will eventually move out of the home, and may not choose the path I wish for her. In any case, she will need to take responsibility for these choices, and that includes decisions regarding the Gardisil vaccine.