Thursday, January 29, 2009

One less!

Yesterday I got the Gardasil vaccine, which prevents four types of human papillomavirus (HPV). As a married woman, I'm not exactly one of the groups that's highly at risk for this particular virus, but I felt it was important to get the vaccine nonetheless.

I read online about some women getting adverse effects from the vaccine, but most of them seemed pretty typical post-vaccination ickiness (muscle aches, dizziness).

I asked the nurse whether I should be concerned about Gardasil's safety, and she explained that she follows the drug's history very closely, and that there is no cause for alarm. Most of the really bad "complications" from Gardasil came from women who were already very unhealthy.

As for me, the shot barely hurt and I don't even have muscle pain. I'm very glad I am getting this vaccine, because you never know what the future holds. I hope women I know get this vaccine for themselves if they haven't already!

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