Government bid to end anti-vaccination myths

The Government will not introduce mandatory vaccination but instead seek to stamp out myths and set up an alliance to boost the uptake of immunisations.

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Make vaccinations mandatory: Let’s face down flawed thinking

One of the unquestionable successes of humanity is the pursuit and application of knowledge.

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Widespread HPV vaccination programmes ‘could eliminate cervical cancer’

The treatment was linked to a huge reduction in the two types of HPV – 16 and 18.

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Irish trust in vaccines below global average, report finds

Irish people's trust in vaccines is below the global average.

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Jessica Biel explains stance on vaccinations after opposing California measure

The actress said families had a right to choose amid attempts to limit medical exemptions.

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Parents of hospitalised 13-year-old regret giving weight to anti-vaccine campaigns

A 13-month-old boy whose parents were unduly influenced by anti-vaccine information on social media ended up in intensive care at University Hospital Galway (UHG) with a preventable illness.

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Majority of public would support ban on unvaccinated children attending school

But half of those polled also support parents being permitted to refuse vaccinations for their children if they have concerns about safety.

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Glaxo projects sales boost from shingles vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) forecast that 2019 sales of its shingles vaccine would be more than £1bn (€1.1bn) but the drugmaker’s shares slipped on concerns about its pharmaceutical business and free cash flow.

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New meningitis vaccine after recent spike in cases

A new meningitis vaccine is being introduced in Ireland following a recent spike in cases of a particularly deadly type of meningococcal disease.

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Head of medical body raises concerns over rising anti-vaccination trend

Dr Padraig McGarry, head of the Irish Medical Organisation, is worried about misinformation being spread online.

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Mandatory vaccines for children under consideration

The Taoiseach has refused to rule out making vaccinations mandatory for children in Ireland.

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TDs who raised concerns on vaccinations have defended their actions

Opposition TDs who have raised concerns around vaccinations have defended their actions.

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Harris piles pressure on politicians to publicly back vaccines

Health Minister Simon Harris has witten to politicians, ordering them to publicly support childhood vaccinations to combat anti-vax “scaremongering” and “populist nonsense”.

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Plan on obligatory vaccinations: Fear relies on rejection of solid science

The idea that those who try to influence elections through covert social media campaigns are as happy to sow uncertainty as they are to have a preferred candidate elected has moved to the centre of the debate on election security.

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Minister wants to make vaccines the law

Health Minister Simon Harris wants to make children’s vaccinations mandatory and has sought legal advice on the matter.

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Refusal of vaccines is one of the top health threats facing the world

Parents who don’t vaccinate are behaving in a really selfish and dangerous manner, writes Alison O’Connor.

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Immunisation uptake has stalled and children are dying

Some 1.5m deaths could be prevented each year if simple vaccinations were administered more widely, says Radhika Batra

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TDs call for national rollout of chickenpox vaccination

Calls have been made to introduce a vaccination to prevent thousands of children catching the highly contagious chickenpox each year.

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