It’s almost back to school time in Ireland and for many first year girls this means being offered the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.
The HSE states that: “In Ireland 660,000 doses of Gardasil have been administered and more than 200,000 girls have been fully vaccinated against HPV. All national and international regulatory bodies have stated HPV vaccines are safe.”
The World Health Organisation concluded in December 2015 that Gardasil continues to have an excellent safety profile. You can access their report HERE.
The EMA issued a report which is what the Irish Government currently uses for information regarding HPV vaccines, which you can readHERE.
Recently the the non-profit Nordic Cochrane Centre filed an official complaint against the EMA over its handling of safety issues concerning the vaccine. You can read this complaint HERE.
Aine Cannon of Regret.ie has been interviewed about the ‘HPV issue’ and the group's campaign for 229 girls identified with health problems they believe are related to this vaccine. You can listen to that interview HERE.
In the US, mandatory vaccines are being introduced into some states.
In Ireland, the HPV vaccine is a choice. More information on the HPV vaccine Gardasil is available HERE and HERE.
A public talk hosted by the Irish Cancer Society is being held in Galway on August 23 and in Cork on August 24, further information about the talk can be found on their Facebook event page HERE.