HPV Vaccine Protect Girls from Cervical Cancer
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The HPV vaccine will protect girls from developing cervical cancer when they are adults. It is available free of charge from the HSE for all girls in 1st year of second level school.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) offers protection against HPV to reduce the chance of women developing cervical cancer by using the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is offered to all girls in their 1st year of second level schools. The vaccine is given through a school based programme, to ensure high vaccine uptake. However, in specific instances some girls will be invited to special HSE clinics for their vaccines.
Since September 2014
The HSE will let you know the date they will attend your school and give the immunisations. If a student misses that immunisation in school, the HSE will arrange for the student to be vaccinated at a HSE clinic.
To read more about HPV please visit the following pages
The following information materials are available for parents of girls in First Year of second level schools or equivalent in special schools.
Information Booklet - English | Irish | Arabic | Simplified Chinese | German | French | Polish | Portuguese | Romanian | Russian
Consent Form - English and Irish combined form
Post Vaccination Advice - English | Irish
The vaccine used in the school programme is called Gardasil. It is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur MSD. Please read Gardasil - Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) and Gardasil - Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for more information about the vaccine.
If you have any questions please contact the schools immunisation programme office in your area. The contact phone numbers are available in English and Irish.
More Information about HPV can be found at the following websites:
The following information materials are available for healthcare professionals who carry out the programme.
(Please note when you click on the SPC or PIL for Gardasil you will be leaving our website www.immunisation.ie)
Medication Protocol for the School Immunisation Programme
Gardasil safety reports
Please use the following links to access presentation slides from meetings held in May and August 2010 relating to HPV