(Closed) Did you get HPV vaccine?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Did you get HPV vaccine?
    Yes : (91 votes)
    52 %
    No : (83 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 2
    218 posts
    Helper bee

    Thankfully, HPV is preventable enough that I felt this particular vaccine unnecessary. I’ve also seen a few articles citing irreversible side-effect horror stories. Completely deterred me.

    Post # 3
    1592 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I did, when it first became available. I figured it’s relatively risk free and if it can help prevent cervical cancer, why not.

    Mind you, I just had an abnormal Pap smear last December and am awaiting another test at the end of this year so it may not have prevented anything :/

    Post # 4
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I wish I had the entire series. My husband and I both have HPV. Our doctor stated that even condoms can’t prevent the spread of this disease. It is very very common.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  carrolltobee.
    Post # 5
    93 posts
    Worker bee

    Yup, I got the whole lot when I was in high school – these things undergo a lot of trials before they’re rolled out so it’s not like they are untested. It also gives me peace of mind on those issues, basically just got the jabs and don’t have to worry about it again.

    Post # 6
    2318 posts
    Buzzing bee

    it is not guaranteed that you will get the cancer causing strain of HPV most HPV cleares up without treatment. the vaccine doesn’t prevent all HPV. There are irreversible side-effects in many recipients of the vaccine. HPV can be prevented. You may not ever get HPV.

    Post # 7
    7814 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    It wasnt around when I was younger and I was already married with a child when it came out. My ex husband cheated and I got HPV from him which resulted in an abnormal Pap smears and I had to get a colposcopy. It thankfully hasnt reoccurred. When my oldest was 11 I got her the series of shots. I also had chicken pox when I was younger, but new vaccines come along and now she won’t get those either. All vaccines come with risk, but I think the benefits far outweigh the problems.

    Post # 8
    93 posts
    Worker bee

    Lokie85:  Isn’t it better to take preventative measures if you can though? Obviously not everyone has a cancer causing strain but if it’s available and ready to use, surely it’s worth getting just to be on the safe side? As far as I know there are no side effects caused by the HPV vaccines that are supported by any sufficient evidence.

    Post # 9
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I got the series when I was 16? and glad I did however I did have a bad reaction. I walked out to the waiting room after the first shot and started sweating perfusly, lost my hearing and almost blacked out. Didn’t happen with the second shot (they gave me the choice to continue with the series) but they kept me in the back and watched me for an hour after because of the first incident. 

    Edit: I forgot to mention everything went back to normal after about 30 min. I’ve heard some can be sensitive to it but I’m 27 now and I’m sure the vaccine has only improved since then. 

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  schmeckpepper.
    Post # 10
    1773 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I did! They hurt but otherwise no problems! I figured that its a more difficult to prevent affliction so I may as well be extra careful! It doesn’t prevent all strains but some is better than none! 

    Post # 11
    1552 posts
    Bumble bee

    Im in the UK and when we were in high school it was compulsory (I think I was 16). Every girl over a certain age HAD to have it done at school and from then on everyone under that age got it done at school when they reached a specific year. Im pretty sure they still do this today. Ive never heard of anyone have a reaction to it or even any fuss about objecting to it, it was just a normal vaccine like the others we had to have at school (TB and meningitis). 

    Post # 12
    9580 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I got it when I was in my late teens.. because why not?

    Post # 13
    224 posts
    Helper bee

    I got it at 25. It was free for some period with Medicare as long as you are under 26. 

    For me the benefit definitely outweighed the risk. My family has a long history of cancer – most family members (immediate and extended) have passed away with some form of cancer. 

    It doesnt prevent you from contracting all HPV, only the 2 types that cause 70% of cancers.

    Post # 14
    77 posts
    Worker bee

    In Australia, we were given them at high school. I’m pretty sure we were the first year that had them at school. I had a good experience with this particular one, and I’ve had mild-moderate reactions to the Meningicoccal and Hepatitis vaccines, so that’s always a plus. That being said, the fact that any one person has reacted to a particular vaccine in a particular way is meaningless in terms of the effects of the vaccine overall. As far as reactions go, the majority of vaccine reactions are minor, and as long as you talk it over with your doctor and you get them on a day that your feeling well, it should be fine in that regard. 

    As far as whether you need the vaccine, technically you don’t need it. However for the majority of people there are no long lasting consequences of the vaccine. Obviously there is risk associated with everything we do in life, so we have to weigh up the pros and cons. To put it into perspective, you have a greater risk of being in a car crash than of long term consequences from a vaccine. For me, I decided that the benefits outweighed the consequences. You have to weigh up those pros and cons yourself though. I would recommend chatting to a trusted GP about your decision. They know far more about this than we do.

    Post # 15
    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    I got it a year ago.

    I wasn’t really planning on it at first. However, a lot of the women in my family have gotten it. We also have had one person in the family pass from cervical cancer. So the lower risks of cervical cancer with the vaccines was appealing. I didnt experience any bad side effects. The second shot I got did make my arm extremely warm and felt uncomfortable for a good couple of hours. However, the first and third were fine. 

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