January 29, 2007
Gardasil - By Hook or By Crook
This article in the Seattle Times talks about the different ways mothers are getting their daughters to get the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. While some mothers are open and honest with their daughters, others are using bribery and even lying to their daughters.
One mother took her daughter to get the vaccine but told her only that it was to prevent a vague form of cancer, not that it was to prevent HPV or cervical cancer.
"She's not a sophisticated girl," the mother said. "My daughter is very uncomfortable discussing anything physical."
One has to wonder which one of the two is really "uncomfortable" discussing anything physical.
Then there's the mother whose daughter didn't want the vaccine, but who relented after a bit of bribery:
"For your safety? Your health? Your future?" Then Shine got creative: "What if you don't have to pay back the $20 you owe me?"
It all seems a bit manipulative. Is there really such a rush to get this vaccine that we need to lie to and bribe our children? It's great that parents are trying to do the right thing for their daughters, but openness and honesty seems like a good idea when it comes to something as serious as this.