M had her 13-year appointment on Tuesday (it was then, or on her birthday in July). My mother and I talked a bit about the Gardisil vaccination / immunication.
I'm waiting until next year for M, even if I was prepared for M to have it this year, and I'd prepared M for it. The pediatrician brought it up, so I told her the summary of what I knew / heard of. Also, that I really just wished her to have it previous to high school. She said that she's waiting for her 12-year old, also, that it IS new, and that my decision made good medical sense. She seemed concerned that it's still new, when there is time to wait for the younger ones eligible for it (recommended for ages 12 and above). It'll still be in three shots total, but not until next summer and into the fall. My health insurance will cover this. I've had pre-cervical cancer cells myself. I'm not risking M's life by her NOT getting this vaccination that could help prevent her from some cervical cancer.
Interesting that the chicken pox vaccination came out for M's age group just about the time/age she'd be eligible, but as she was sick that visit, I waited about 6 months. With her eczema troubles she's had, I didn't want her miserable catching chicken pox. Now it's mandatory for school children in Maryland.
M DID get the meningitis (sp) immunization / vaccination on Tuesday, as she was due. We finished up the office visit, I spent a few moments getting the medicine release form signed (for her inhaler at school and fieldtrips like her Wednesday night one), and an updated copy of her immunizations for school. We got into the elevator, and M complained about her stomach. There is something scented on the first floor and elevator and I could sense it, but M was getting quesy. Then, she passed out, fainted right there. I thought she was joking at first, but obviously took her very pale self back into the doctor's office. She apparently had a reaction to the vaccination, tho it's likely she was just too excited for it and related, not that something in this particular vaccination had something in it. Yikes. Of course, she was fine a while later. Not up for an optional dance drills class that night she had really wanted, and the doctor didn't want her doing, anyway, yet feeling great after 10 p.m. lol trying onher old clothes and such.
Still, that was scary.
So, vaccinations, eventful this time. Otherwise, she's doing great, had some private time with the pediatrician (which is appropriate at age 13), yadda yadda. Visit done. I hope she doesn't have that reaction ever again.
M had a practice this morning for dancing she's to do this weekend -- M and a dance friend will dance for musician at a fun festival. I've always meant to take Megan to that festival. She's snow wimming this afternoon and I'll pick her up early. Ahhh, the remaining days of summer. M says she's ready for school to start NOW, but really, fully? It's getting here. Besides, she doesn't seem to have any jeans that fit and could use new sneakers.:)