My daughter is about to start year 8 and had said that last year at her school the girls were all given the HPV vaccination within the first few days of the new school year. She is now worrying about this, as she has a real needle phobia. I have had no letter from the school or the local health trust but was wondering if any body else has experience of this. I have Googled about the vaccination and seem to just be able to find the horror stories of side effects etc. One thing I also read was that the decison to have the vaccine lies with the girl not the parents. Does this mean that I will not be informed or given notice of this? If it is my daughter's choice she will not be vaccinated because of the needle thing, but I cannot make up my mind whether it is the safe thing to do anyway. I would appreciate any advice or information from parents whose children have already had/refused the vaccine.