HSE launches scaled–up campaign to promote HPV vaccine

The HSE has announced a scaled-up campaign to encourage parents to ensure their daughters get the HPV vaccine.

Minister for Health Simon Harris is attending the launch of the 2017/18 schools HPV programme, designed to encourage up to 40,000 first-year students to get the vaccine.

The uptake of the vaccine has plummeted, from a high of 87 per cent to just 50 per cent last year, because of opposition from a number of parents’ groups.

They claim, with no supporting scientific evidence, that their daughters have suffered chronic ill-health after receiving the vaccine. The vaccine saves lives by preventing the most common strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer.