Saturday 18 August 2018

Teachers call for clarity on HPV jab

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The Teachers' Union of Ireland is seeking clarity on what is required of its members when complying with the requirements of the scheme offering the HPV vaccine to teenage girls.

The HPV jab, which helps prevent cervical cancer, is administered to teenage girls by public health staff at school.

There has been a fall in uptake following unfounded reports linking it to side- effects such as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Earlier this year, it appeared that the union called into question the effectiveness of the jab during its annual congress. However, a spokesman said this was not the case.

He said it did not take a view that the vaccine should not be administered. However, he said the union would "seek clarity on all aspects of what is required of schools".

This is to ensure the information can be "communicated to our members and followed to the letter".

It would ensure that there is "no question of schools being found wanting in terms of complying with the requirements of the scheme," he added. A major HSE campaign is now under way to inform parents about the safety of the vaccine.

Irish Independent

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