The HPV vaccine protects girls from developing cervical cancer when they grow up.
The HPV vaccine prevents 7 out of 10 cervical cancers. The vaccine works best when given at the age of 12 to 13 years.
WHO states the HPV vaccine is extremely safe and should be offered to all girls to prevent cervical cancer.
300 Irish women get cervical cancer every year, and 90 of those women will die from cervical cancer. The best way of preventing cervical cancer is for girls to get the HPV vaccine through the HSE school programme.
In 2017/2018 2 out of every 3 girls received the HPV vaccine as part of the school programme.
If you have questions about HPV speak to a trusted health professional like your GP or Pharmacist.