Hpv is back in the news again and before you all say I need to stop talking about this – I won’t stop talking about it until the scaremongering stops.
The HSE have said the tactics used by some opposed to the HPV vaccine amounts to “emotional terrorism”.
It is launching a new information campaign today which urges parents to get informed and vaccinate their daughters against cervical cancer.
More than 90 women die because of it each year – a third of them under the age of 50.
Professor Donal Brennan, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, says international evidence shows the vaccine is saving lives.
He said: “What we know from the information out of Australia in particular is that there has been a 50% reduction in the incidences of cervical cancer in the 10 years since the vaccine has been implemented.
“There has also been almost a 50% reduction in mortality from the disease.”
There has been a lot of scaremongering about this vaccination from women who say that the vaccination is damaging their young girls – even going as far as saying some of them can no longer walk because of the vaccination.
The initial concerns sparked a review by the European medicines agency which found that there is no causal link between the vaccine and the symptoms.
The HPV vaccine protects girls against four strains of the human papilloma virus which can lead to cervical cancer.
It has been administered to girls in first year of secondary school since 2010 under a national immunisation programme.
However, the uptake on the vaccine has significantly decreased because of the scaremongering from some parents.
Today Niall wanted to talk about it again – because he thinks it is really important. Doctors are now calling it emotional terrorism to scaremonger against the vaccine.
Are parents completely irresponsible if they don’t get their daughters vaccinated?
Or do you think every parent has the right to choose and voice their own concerns – even if that means some others will refuse the vaccine based on their concerns?
So – is it irresponsible parenting to refuse to have your daughter vaccinated with HPV vaccination?