Anti-vaccination protesters target Cork primary schools

Parents handed 'scaremongering' leaflets containing misinformation about flu vaccine
Anti-vaccination protesters target Cork primary schools

File photo of a child receiving a nasal vaccination. Picture: Getty images

Parents at Cork schools were targeted by anti-vaccination protestors on Wednesday who handed out “scaremongering” leaflets containing misinformation about the flu vaccine for children.

Two women stood outside the school gates at a Ballincollig primary school attempting to hand out flyers containing misinformation about the nasal flu vaccine to parents as they collected their children from school.

According to parents, neither woman was wearing a mask, which is against the school’s policy around collections.

Representatives from the school were unavailable this evening.

Parents at two more schools in the Ballincollig area were also approached by anti-vaccination protestors today.

The leaflets they attempted to distribute, copies of which have been seen by the Irish Examiner, contain various incorrect claims about the flu vaccine and children. 

These mainly relate to the vaccine's safety, efficiency, and long-term effects.

It is not known who these women are, or if they are associated with any particular group. The leaflets distributed to parents are printed on plain paper and do not have any logos on them.

One mother, who asked not to be identified, told the Irish Examiner that she was outraged by the flyers, which she said amounted to scaremongering.

"There were two women on the footpath outside the school gate handing out flyers warning us against getting the flu vaccine," she said.

"It's disgraceful to target parents picking up their children from school like that. They were not wearing masks which is the policy for school when dropping off and collecting pupils.

"I was very grateful my children got the flu vaccine. I am still waiting to get mine there is such demand."

"We are all waiting for the Covid vaccine. Are people like this going to try and warn us off that as well?"

According to the HSE, all vaccines are thoroughly tested to make sure they do not cause harm. Children aged two to 12 can get the nasal flu vaccine for free. 

“The flu vaccine for children has a good safety record. Millions of children in the US and the UK have been vaccinated safely and successfully."

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