"The narrative goes like this. Without a
vaccine, a couple of hundred women every year will develop cervical cancer, and
more than 80 of them will die. So to withhold the vaccine is to condemn almost
100 women a year to death".
The above lines from a Nov 2008 Sunday Times article explains the
HPV Vaccine 'narrative' in Ireland (note how '80' becomes '100' one
Another UK based
newspaper The Irish Daily Mail (running a "Roll out
the Vaccine Now!" campaign ) also claim that 100 lives a year will be saved by mass
vaccination (for a mere € 10million annual cost).
Medical Establishment in
Ireland Consultant in
Infectious Diseases at the Mater Hospital, Dublin:
of these vaccines have demonstrated excellent safety .."
vaccine is one of the greatest successes in
vaccinology in the history of this specialty, and the efficacy of this vaccine
Co-Inventor of HPV
Vaccine, Prof Ian Frazer
speaking on Irish radio on RTE Radio's
Drivetime programme on Monday, January 18th (forward to
1:09:40)"This Vaccine is extraordinarily safe
General of the International Federation for Colposcopy and Cervical
“The Institute, the ISCCP and the Irish Cancer Society is making
the renewed case
for mass vaccination.."Consultant physician
(dublin-educated) in the department of genito-urinary medicine at the
Countess of Chester Foundation Trust Hospital in Liverpool.
vaccines are terrific
"Government Health Agencies
Service Executive Website
- "The HPV vaccine has been shown to be very safe"
"The Health Information and Quality Authority
estimated that if the vaccine was introduced, along with the national screening
deaths would be prevented
Non-Profit Support Groups
Dr Grainne Flannelly, Chair, Irish
"We are confident that parents
will support their daughters in availing of this vaccine".
Tully of the National
Parents’ Council (Post Primary).
hope that the majority would make an informed decision and opt
for the vaccination.”
Irish Family Planning Association
executive Niall Behan:
"The IFPA urges
the Minister to follow the recommendations of The
Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) for a school-based vaccination
Communications Manager Irish Cancer
the HPV vaccination programmePoliticians
Gael Health spokesman
Dr James Reilly.
"A wrong has been righted and
lives will be saved as a result of this initiative
Alan Shatter TD, Fine Gael Front Bench
Spokesperson on Children
"Not only would the vaccine reduce the
suffering and unnecessary deaths of women in Ireland in years to come, but there
is no doubt that a reduction in the
incidence of cervical cancer
would also help to reduce the pressure in the
future on an increasingly dysfunctional and creaking health service. Not only is
prevention better than cure, it is also
On 10 December 2009, candlelight vigils were held
in Cork and outside
parliament in Dublin to pressurise the minister for health to
introduce a HPV mass vaccination program. Facebook Group
A press officer with the
Labour Party set up an online Facebook group titled "Harney must reinstate
cervical cancer vaccine" (and had 19,400 members by
mid-2010). A spokeswoman for the Irish Vaccine Informed Parents group, left
comments on the site alerting parents to possible risks from adverse
her comments were removed for being "off-topic", and "not
containing the full facts."The Lone Dissenting
After much research we were able to
discover an Irish politician who makes it clear she is not going to
advocate for Gardasil vaccination in Ireland.
Kathy Sinnott, Member of
the European Parliament for Ireland South sent this
to the Sunday Tribune newspaper in Nov 2008.