Above is a photograph of the information pack that was sent out to our family in relation to our daughter receiving the HPV vaccine; Gardasil. If you did not yet read my introduction to this topic please do so here. Don't you just love the cutesy teenagers all standing together on the front cover, smiling and happy because they are protected!
The use of language in this leaflet is we feel a blatant use of careful word selection. The design also has been done very cleverly; with images of: happy teenage girls, school copybook pages, graphics of 'flowery doodles' made to look as though a teenaged girl has 'scribbled' them onto her schoolwork, mobile phones showing text messages, calculators, rulers and post-it notes with 'key phrases' about the vaccine...blantant use of imagery to convince young ladies and their parents to opt in.
Here are a few carefully phrased sentences contained within this 'information' leaflet:
The HPV vaccine protects us from cervical cancer. (taken from the front cover of the information booklet)
Q. Is this vaccine safe?
A. Yes, this vaccine has been shown to be very safe, with 60 million doses already given worldwide.
We expect the vaccine to provide long-lasting protection, but we will let you know if a booster is needed in the future. (note: the vaccine manufacturer states that immunisation past 4.5 years is unknown at this stage)
'Remember HPV vaccine tomorrow! Had mine yesterday, no probs! Talk 2 u l8r. (taken from image of mobile phone showing text message of the above text.
I am trying very hard to guard my conversations with others about this topic (when asked for my opinion) at present. While I am still finding this difficult, I do feel blessed to have this blog to share our research and 'offload' some of our frustrations and opinions here...instead of on un-suspecting parents! So please bear with me if you are finding me a little 'gung-ho' with this topic. We ourselves are just parents trying to make the best prayerful decision for our own children!