Recently, I have been reading up on the Gardasil vaccine. This is the vaccine that protects against HPV - which causes some forms of cervical cancer. HPV is an STD, and I must admit that my first reaction was an absolute "no way!"
My mind has changed. When I first heard that Michigan is trying to pass legislation that would REQUIRE the vaccine for all girls ages 11 and up, the mom in me got really defensive (and I don't even have a daughter.) I still don't think that the government should make it a requirement. I don't think they need to be parenting my children.
As far as the vaccine is concerned, I have many years to watch the effectiveness and side-effect issues before it would ever be needed by a child of mine (this vaccine is actually approved for boys/men too...they can carry HPV and pass it to a woman.) IF the vaccine is indeed safe, I would have to say I would consider it. If my child makes a mistake and falls into sin, would I deny medical help from a doctor to help them in a time of need (for a pregnancy, a disease, or otherwise?) No. So, why wouldn't I try to protect her/him from a deadly cancer? Here are a couple of instances that could make a good case for the vaccine:
1. Your daughter remains pure but is marrying a man who fell into sin as a college student. He has turned his life around......but could still put her at risk down the road.
2. Your daughter is raped.
3. Your daughter falls into sin and starts engaging in premarital sex.
If I were to immunize my child, I would simply tell them that this shot protects against a type of cancer and would leave it at that. I don't think that having this vaccine would necessarily make someone head down a path of promiscuity.
I'm certainly not 100% on any of this....I'm really just thinking out loud. Any thoughts?