Urgent Action Required To Increase Number Of Girls Getting HPV vaccine

New alliance to tackle

New alliance to tackle"unsubstantiated concerns over HPV vaccine

A new group is aiming to boost the uptake of the HPV vaccine from its current low of 50 per cent.

An analysis of schools with the lowest and highest uptake revealed that the vast majority (83%) of schools with an uptake of ≤ 50 per cent were disadvantaged.

At least 40 women will die from cervical cancer as a result of the dramatic fall a year ago in the number of girls taking up a life-saving vaccine in secondary schools, the Irish Cancer Society has said.

More 400 people will be diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV this year - 300 of these will be cervical cancer.

"Now there isn't one singular cure - but this particular cancer, we can cure many cases through vaccination".

The vaccine Gardasil protects against both.

Health officials have blamed the drop-off in uptake to "unsubstantiated concerns" spread by anti-vaccine groups.

"It's only natural that parents are fearful when they hear claims about a vaccine".

In November 2015, the European Medicines Agency reported no link between chronic fatigue-like syndromes and the HPV vaccine.

While health authorities are not denying that girls have experienced illnesses, they have warned repeatedly that there is no evidence linking their symptoms to the vaccine.

Parents are being urged to get their facts from the Irish Cancer Society and the HSE, not through social media.

Director of the National Women's Council of Ireland, Orla O'Connor, said the side effects of treatment for cervical cancers left "lasting consequences which young women and their parents will have to live with for the rest of their lives". It's bad that young girls get sick, but to link their illness to a life-saving vaccine when all the research shows no link is risky and threatens lives. The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that boys and girls, starting at 9-years-old, get the HVP vaccine.

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