The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects girls from developing cervical cancer when they are adults.
The HSE has offered the HPV vaccine to all girls in first year in second level schools since 2010 to protect them from cervical cancer in adulthood. HPV vaccine is offered to this age group because the response to the vaccine is best at this age.
The vaccine is recommended by
- the World Health Organization
- the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- the National Immunisation Advisory Committee
The HPV vaccine is available free of charge from the HSE for all girls in 1st year of second level school.Read Abstract