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HPV Vaccination - Information for healthcare professionals

School Programme 2020/2021

The Schools Immunisation Programme (SIP) is developed in accordance with the guidance issued by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and contained in the Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland.

In Ireland, all the recommended vaccines given in the schools immunisation programme are free.

HPV Programme

The programme aims to vaccinate on an annual basis by offering boys and girls in first year in second level schools and age equivalent in special schools and home schooled students HPV vaccine.

Information materials for parents are available in the HPV school section

HPV Vaccine safety and Effectiveness

Since HPV vaccine was licensed in 2006 research has been conducted all over the world that demonstrates that the vaccine is safe and prevents cancer. The evidence has been steadily growing since 2006 and now an enormous bank of research exists which proves the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine. This heat map shows the countries which have conducted most research on HPV vaccine however, studies have been conducted worldwide which confirm that HPV vaccination is the right way to protect girls from cervical cancer.

Gardasil®/Gardasil9® is currently used in over 100 government funded HPV immunisation programmes worldwide including the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to protect girls from cervical cancer.

More than 20 countries including Italy, UK, Norway, Australia and New Zealand give HPV vaccine to boys and girls. 

Click here to read more about the research.

HPVgraphic

We are often asked if the HPV vaccine is linked to chronic fatigue like conditions. A number of studies have been conducted that show there is no link between the HPV vaccine and chronic fatigue like conditions. You can read these studies here.

To read more about HPV please visit the following pages

The licensed documents for each vaccine (Summary of Product Characteristcs and the Patient Information Leaflet) are available from the HPRA Website.

The HPV vaccine used in the school programme is called Gardasil 9. It is manufactured by MSD VACCINS.

More Information about HPV can be found at the following websites:

WHO Safety Update of HPV vaccines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported in January 2020 that HPV vaccines are considered to be extremely safe. The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Advisory Committee for Vaccine Safety (GACVS) has reviewed the evidence on the safety of Gardasil vaccine in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. WHO has never reported safety concerns with HPV vaccines. http://www.who.int/vaccine_safety/committee/topics/hpv/en/

In 2018 all 70 US National Cancer Institute NCI-designated Cancer Centers endorsed goal of eliminating HPV related cancers by HPV vaccination and screening.

High HPV vaccination rates combined with cervical cancer screening and treatment will result in the elimination of cervical cancer in the near future and elimination of other HPV-related cancers thereafter.

This page was updated on 17 August 2020