The other day I was at the clinic of pediatrician for the regular vaccination of my younger one. While I was waiting for my turn, my eyes fell on the pamphlet that had the interesting caption and read as “ the best gift for your daughter’s tenth birthday”, I was curious to know the details and thus discussed the same with my doctor.
AND THE ENLIGHTENING DISCUSSION:
The discussion about cervical cancer and its affect is a worldwide issue. The fact that it is a silent killer and is affecting women from all age group across the countries is something that was alarming. It is the second most common type of cancer that is simply claiming lives of our near and dear ones.
Mostly the cases of cervical cancer are caused due to papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that is passed from one person to another through sexual activity. There is connection between HPV and cervical cancer. There are numerous types or strains of HPV and a few of it could result in cancer. Thus getting a HPV vaccine could protect you from the cervical cancer. Presently the doctor acknowledged that Cervarix and Gardsil are two vaccines in the market. The two vaccines are helpful only for the cases of HPV caused, cervical cancer issue, other cancer that is caused by HPV is not protected by this vaccine. This vaccine is of no use after the infection thus it is preventive but not a cure.
Why it’s important at this early age?
HPV, vaccines is often recommended to girls from the age of 10 to 35, but not later than this. It is advisable to get this vaccine done before your girl is sexually active . This is done at this age so that the vaccine is helpful in the growing years of your girls and helps fight the virus. The best piece of information was that not only my little girl but all the ladies in my life who are still under the age of 35 can get this vaccination done.
The HPV vaccine is given in three injections over a six months period, it is proved that it has effect for 5 years but if the booster vaccine is taken it is full proof and 100% effective. What worried me more that does this vaccine has any side effect? To this the doctor had a long researched answer that concluded that is a 100% safe vaccine and has no serious side effects. At most mild pain at the injection site can be witnessed and for this cold compress is the best cure.
It is always advisable to get the vaccines done so that any medical issue can be kept at bay. This vaccine is the best gift for every daughter from their parents as it prevent them from one of the biggest deadliest disease .For my angels I have pledged to get the vaccination and for me also. Have you, do let me know and your take on this vaccine?
Disclaimer- This post is written to spread the awareness of cervical cancer and it’s precautions. Consult your doctor/paeditrician before going for this vaccine.