Cervical cancer vaccine campaign begins – 30,000 Girls to Get Gardasil in Ireland

RTE News

Ireland
May 18, 2010

The Health Service Executive has started its campaign to vaccinate over 30,000 teenage girls against the Human Papillomavirus, which can cause cervical cancer.

The vaccine Gardasil is being offered free and will be administered in three doses, around two-three months apart, by HSE immunisation teams in schools.

Around 21 schools will be visited this month and the remainder will be offered the vaccination programme in September.

The vaccine is being provided to first year secondary school girls and girls in sixth class, going into first year in secondary school this September.

Schoolgirls who receive the vaccine this month will have to have their second injection in July, either at a HSE clinic or at their school.

Parents and schools are being issued with information packs containing consent forms and other information about the programme, which is also explained on the HSE’s website.

The HSE is hoping for an uptake of over 80%.

Each year, around 250 women develop cervical cancer and 80 die from the disease.

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The vaccine march goes on Рhowever, members of the Truth About Gardasil have alerted politicians in Ireland as to the potential dangers of the HPV vaccine.  We will watch carefully as the side effects begin to surface.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.