|BACK OFF MY PARENTING SKILLZ!|
Amanda Marcotte over at RH Reality Check wrote an article yesterday called “Why Aren’t More Girls Getting the HPV Vaccine?”
*Bess raises hand* Pick me! Pick me!
It could be that parents are reading the package insert. Gardasil hasn’t been researched for many years at all. What they do know is that the length of efficacy is only five years. Boosters may be required (how many? Three more, every five years?). There are plenty of people arguing passionately that the side effects are worth the risks, and that’s just fine. For their daughters. Because I am not the parent of anyone else’s children and I don’t have the right to make decisions for them. My daughters won’t be getting the shots (if the vaccine hasn’t been taken off the market by then).
One thing I’ve not seen anyone address when “discussing” this issue is the duration of protection. I’m not sure if the pro-Gardasil folks are OK with needing possibly indefinite boosters or what. But again, I don’t care. You do your thing with your kids and I’ll do mine.
So why do these arguments always turn out the same? As soon as I and another person commented with our answers to Amanda’s question, I mean she did ask a question, she fired off the tired “Oh? Don’t agree? You’re a shitty parent.” SIGH. Here’s another passive-aggressive reply. I’m sorry you feel that way.