“I led the campaign here locally in Clondalkin and Lucan, for the introduction of the cervical cancer vaccinations for school girls. I am delighted that my party, Fine Gael, has now committed to extending the cervical cancer vaccination scheme to all girls in second level education,” said Frances Fitzgerald.
Fine Gael this week unveiled details of their Fair Care proposals for the reform of the health service. Included in these detailed, costed plans is the provision of the HPV vaccine that prevents cervical cancer to girls in first year and sixth year at secondary schools for the next three years.
At present only girls in first year of secondary school are offered the vaccine under the scheme introduced by former Health Minister Mary Harney.
“The extension of the vaccine scheme from next September will mean that girls entering secondary school over the next three years and those already in school who have not yet received the jab will be vaccinated,” explained Frances Fitzgerald.
“Many other countries, including the UK, give the cervical cancer jab to all girls from 12 -18 years,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald said the money would be found for extending the vaccine scheme, and that the money involved would be relatively small, at around €3 million extra per year.
“This is too important an issue not to invest in,” concluded Frances Fitzgerald.