October 9th, 2010
From the Iona Institute
· A vaccine against certain strains of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that can lead to cervical cancer is currently being offered to all school-girls in the 12-13 age group
· An information leaflet on the vaccination programme is available to parents
· The information leaflet does not properly stress that HPV is sexually transmitted nor does it tells them the more sexual partners a person has the more likely they are to contract a strain of HPV.
· Parents should contact the HSE and ask it to amend the leaflet to include this potentially life-saving information
· An editorial in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine in 2008 expressed doubt about the ultimate effectiveness of such vaccination programmes in combating cervical cancer and warned of unintended consequences.