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In 2014, there was an 86 per cent take up of the HPV vaccination in Ireland among eligible schoolgirls in Ireland. Last year, just half of those elig(...)

The battle for the hearts and minds of the 30,000 parents who will decide this month whether their daughters should receive the Gardasil vaccine is long under way

What a difference a decade makes. In 2008 hundreds marched in Dublin to protest against the government’s decision not to introduce a cervical cancer v(...)

‘We stand on the cusp of a new era where we finally have the means to prevent an entire class of cancers.’ Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

After clean water, there is no health intervention that has saved more lives than vaccination – and none that has inspired more misguided opposition. (...)

 Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath was contacted by Simon Harris after he stood over his previous opposition to the HPV vaccine. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A junior minister in the Department of Health has performed a U-turn over his opposition to the HPV vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer. Finian (...)

 Gardasil  vaccine: the HSE and the World Health Organisation have repeatedly issued assurances that it is safe and effective.   Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Next month, along with the parents of more than 30,000 other girls who have just started secondary school, our family will be faced with a decision – (...)

Gardasil is the vaccine used in the vaccination programme for girls in their first year of secondary school. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Minister for Health Simon Harris has told groups he claims are “scaremongering” about the HPV vaccine to “butt out” of providing medical advice . Mr (...)

The decline in the number of girls receiving the HPV vaccine which protects against cervical cancer is a source of concern. Provisional figures for th(...)

Gardasil, a vaccine against cervical cancer: Approximately 300 women get cervical cancer every year in Ireland and 100 women die from the disease. The vaccine can prevent seven out of 10 cervical cancers.  Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

Vaccinations are getting a bit of a bad press these days, particularly the HPV vaccine – Gardasil – which is administered to girls in their first seco(...)

Minister For Health Leo Varadkar: said it appeared some girls first suffered symptoms at about the time they received the vaccine, and understandably some parents had connected it to their daughters’ condition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Teenage girls who believe the ill-health they are suffering is because of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer should be treated based on their sy(...)