Reilly welcomes HPV vaccine for boys
The HPV vaccine is now available to boys, as well as girls in Fingal thanks to a Government decision to extend it, according to Fine Gael Senator, GP and former Minister for Health, James Reilly.
Senator Reilly said: 'My colleague the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has confirmed to me that boys in first year in school can now avail of the same HPV vaccine that, up to now, has been available to girls.
'HPV is a virus that can cause cervical cancer, and other cancers in both women and men. The HPV vaccine is very successful, protecting young people from nine out of ten HPV related cancers and so it is great to see this extended to boys now also.
'According to the HSE, with high uptake of the HPV vaccine there is the potential to save 112 lives each year by preventing the most common strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer and other cancers.
'I want to get out a strong message to young girls and boys, as well as parents, that vaccination works and it saves lives.
'I was really pleased to hear Minister Harris confirm today that he will soon launch a new vaccine alliance to promote vaccination and we aim to pass an all-party motion on the matter in the Dáil in September. Minister Harris also says he will write to social media companies this week seeking to meet them to discuss how we can work together to promote factual information about vaccines and stop the spread of misinformation and disinformation.'