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Cervical Vaccination

Cervical Cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. Cervical cancer vaccination aims to prevent infection with the most important types of this Ivirus. It offers protection against pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix and vulva which may lead to cervical cancer if not detected. It also protects against over 90% of genital warts.

This vaccine is licensed for girls between the ages of 9 and 26 years. Most benefit is derived from the vaccine prior to infection with the Human Papilloma Virus, hence the young age of vaccine commencement.

The HSE are commencing a free vaccination programme in secondary schools aimed at first year female students only (i.e. age 12-13). There will be an initial catch up programme covering second year students also. The vaccination schedule consists of 3 vaccines in total.

For details please see www.hpv.ie , visit our Useful links or Download PDF here.

At present, outside of this programme the vaccine is available privately only. If you feel you or your child may benefit or you require further information please discuss this with our administration staff and a doctor or nurse will contact you subsequently.

IMPORTANT: The vaccine is not replacing routine cervical screening which is offered free of charge by the HSE’s Cervical Check scheme between the ages of 25 and 60. Even those who are vaccinated will need to continue lifelong cervical smears as the vaccine does not protect against all forms of cervical cancer. Please see our cervical screening section for further information.