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Who can get the HPV vaccine?

My child is going into 1st year this September can they get the vaccine? 

The HPV, Tdap and MenACWY vaccine will be offered to all 1st year students in secondary school and age equivalent in special schools and homeschooled from this September through the HSE school immunisation programme.

The HSE school teams will be delivering packs to schools for parents and guardians. You child will need to bring the pack home. 

Please read the booklet and factsheet, complete the enclosed consent form, put it into the envelope provided and return it to the school even if they have already completed a course of HPV vaccine or you do not wish to consent.  

My child was in 1st year last year but missed their 2nd dose of HPV when school buildings closed

Any student in first year of second level school in the 2019/2020 school year who had opted into the programme, but missed their second dose due to school closures will be offered an appointment to compete the course.

Is there a catch up programme for older boys? 

HPV vaccine is being offered to students in 1st year of secondary school and age equivalent in special schools and children who are home schooled as part of the HSE school vaccination programme.

HIQA recommended extending the vaccination programme to boys in a report published in December 2018. It did not recommend a catch-up programme for older boys for a number of reasons:

  • Vaccinating in first year provides the best possible protection.
  • Boys are already benefiting somewhat from the indirect protection (known as herd protection) that's built up from the girls' HPV vaccination programme. The addition of boys on the vaccination programme aims to strengthen that protection

The report is available here

Any parent who would like an older boy to be vaccinated will need to pay for the vaccine and administration themselves through their GP.

My daughter is in not in 1st year can she still start the HPV programme? 

The HPV girls only schools vaccination programme closed at the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.

Anyone not in 1st year of secondary school or age equivalent in special schools or home schooled during 2020/2021 school year who wish to get the HPV vaccine, must go to their GP or sexual health clinic and pay for the vaccine and its administration privately.

I have left school can I get the HPV vaccine? 

If you have finished secondary school you will not be able to get the HPV vaccine through the HSE school immunisation programme. 

Please contact your GP or health clinic to get vaccinated. You will need to pay for the vaccine and the administration. 

How do I find out if I had HPV vaccine? 

Please contact your local school vaccination team to request a copy of your records. Their contact details are here.

The HPV vaccine was introduced as part of the HSE School Vaccination Programme in the 2010/2011 academic year. The table below shows the groups offered the HPV vaccine since 2010/2011.

School Year Class  Gender
2010/2011

1st Year

2nd Year

Girls only
2011/2012

1st Year

6th Year

Girls only
2012/2013

1st Year

6th Year

Girls only
2013/2014

1st Year

6th Year

Girls only
2014/2015 1st Year Girls only
2015/2016 1st Year Girls only
2016/2017 1st Year Girls only
2017/2018 1st Year Girls only
2018/2019 1st Year Girls only
2019/2020 1st Year Girls and Boys
2020/2021 1st Year Girls and Boys

More Information

Visit hpv.ie for more information about the HSE school immunisation programme

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This page was added 24 September 2020