Should Catholics Get the HPV Vaccine?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended universal vaccination against HPV for all 12-year-olds, both boys and girls. Our government is debating the need to mandate this vaccine against an STD. What more evidence do we need of the absurdly sad state of morality within the United States? Sexuality is Satan’s primary foothold in our society. We need to keep up the good fight. But do our beautiful 12-year-olds, many still so sweet and innocent, need the HPV vaccine? As a catholic pediatrician and mother, I would like to offer my perspective on this debate.

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Talking to Toddlers about Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding

My 3-year-old’s pre-school teacher pulled me aside one day after school.  My daughter and a friend had been putting dolls in their dresses, pretending to be pregnant, then pulling the dolls out from between their legs, and then pretending to breastfeed.  “We weren’t sure what to do!” the perplexed teacher laughed.  Eventually, she said, the teachers decided to redirect the girls into a different activity.

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