Parents' group gives HPV campaign its full support
The association representing parents of second-level students has come out in strong support of the HPV vaccine.
The National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCPP) has re-evaluated its original stance of leaving it to parents to decide whether their children should present for vaccination in school.
It follows the NPCPP participation in the recent Hiqa Health Technology Assessment of the vaccine.
Stating its decision was based on the best medical advice, the NPCPP board said it now supported the programme, the introduction of an improved vaccine and its extension to boys.
The NPCPP also welcomed confirmation from the HSE that the catch-up programme for those girls who did not avail of the vaccination, but now wish to do so, would continue to be provided.
HPV (human papilloma virus) has been directly linked to cancers, including cervical cancer.
Health experts regard cervical screening as secondary to the primary objective of HPV infection prevention.
The NPCPP said it was mindful that some parents believed the vaccine caused adverse reactions, and has advised the Department of Health to continue to address all reported cases empathetically and openly address any possible side-effects.