The HPV vax has been around for a lot longer than many realise. It's been in development for decades. Did you know they actually stopped the big trial of it on ethical grounds? True story. It works so well that it was deemed unethical to let those getting the placebo continue to not receive the benefits of the actual vaccine.
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Will sexually active females benefit from the vaccine?
Ideally females should get the vaccine before they become sexually active and exposed to HPV. Females who are sexually active may also benefit from vaccination, but they may get less benefit. This is because they may have already been exposed to one or more of the HPV types targeted by the vaccines. However, few sexually active young women are infected with all HPV types prevented by the vaccines, so most young women could still get protection by getting vaccinated.
I started the thread because I'm on the fence, you can check back on my replies and "thanks" and you'll probably notice I'm a bit ambivalent!
Someone asked where the anti vax types get their info - there are books I've heard mentioned and also I'm sure lots of anecdotal accounts on the Internet. I actually saw one person post the most insane interview with an ex-pharmaceutical employee who was in vaccine production and talked about this mass cover up - but how he couldn't give his name or they'd come after him. It was just paranoid, insane ramblings - but people went for it! There are people who fall for that stuff.
I admit, I do get influenced by the anecdotal "my child had a vaccine and never recovered". Or "my child is unvaccinated and has never been sick in 5 years, not even a runny nose". Those things get me.
Beebs, what articles about in vaxxed getting sick?
and yes, this thread rely is to serve those who are unsure, lest more people be swayed by the anti-vaxxes.
Emily, it's fair enough to say "I don't know what I'd do in that situation" but if everyone here gave up vaxxing and there was an epidemic, would you change your mind then, or are you not sure what you would do?
I'd take a punt and say in some circles people are influenced by what friends do and to some extent not vaccinating is seen as trendy or a way of identifying with a cultural subset or group.
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