Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 30/08/2017. Tags: Parenting
The HSE has launched a new website
aimed at parents who have daughters who are entitled to avail of the free HPV vaccine programme. It is also expected that 40,000 information booklets will be issued to parents over the next few weeks.
While the free vaccine scheme was first rolled out nearly seven years ago, uptake levels of the vaccine fell from a peak of 90% to 50% last year. The aim of the HSE campaign is to increase the update of the vaccine which is at an all time low.
Speaking at the launch of a HSE information campaign, Tony O’Brien, the Director General of the Health Service Executive is reported to have said that a campaign against the HPV vaccine is "emotional terrorism". According to RTE, Mr O’Brien said there has been "a well orchestrated campaign, with no foundation" claiming the vaccine causes serious side effects.
HSE National Director of Health and Wellbeing Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe said the World Health Organisation and every national regulatory body in the world has found that the HPV vaccine does not cause any of the alleged side effects.
According to the new website, over 220,000 Irish girls have safely received the HPV vaccine and over 200 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been given around the world. No serious side effects in any country can be scientifically attributed to this vaccine.
Visit the new HSE website here