I’m thankful that YouTube has stopped guilting me about not allowing my pediatrician to start my son on a three-part series of Gardasil vaccine. Gardasil is given to humans as young as 9 years old, and up until October 2018, a person could only receive it until the age of 21; the age limit has now been extended to 45 years. The pitch is that I would be stopping my child from getting cancer as an adult, but the truth is that the type of cancer that Gardasil prevents children from getting sexual in nature and right now he is not active in that way.
I’m not an anti-vaxxer, and I didn’t make this decision because I don’t see the value in protecting my son in the future. I’m also not so ignorant to think that he will not participate in the act of sex with another human being at some time in his teenage years, although I teach my children to practice abstinence until the time of marriage. Let’s be real, he may or may not follow my suggestions. 9 years of age seems way too young to administer Gardasil when it can be given safely at 15 and up to 21.
Some people say that it is unwise to wait until the teen years due to the prevalence of teens being sexually active at a younger age. The CDC reports that less than 3 percent of youth are sexually active by 13 years of age and the highest involvement takes place during the senior year of high school with up to 57 percent being the national norm. More families don’t complete the series either.
In order for the drug to be effective two or three shots must be given within 6 months. What’s confusing is that there have been changes to the recommended dose as well. Up until 2016, the recommendation was 3 doses, now it’s down to 2. With the drug being relatively new, it seems safe to say that parents who want to wait until their children are older shouldn’t be called out as doing harm to their children or not caring about their health and future, but being cautious and waiting to see if new findings come out as the drug history matures.