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This year
HPV vaccine 'significantly' reduces signs of pre-cancer in young women, study shows
Cervical cancer, though preventable, remains one of the most common cancers.
Last year
Online registration portal opens for HPV vaccine catch-up programme named after Laura Brennan
Laura Brennan campaigned higher uptake of the HPV vaccine before her death in 2019.
Catchup programme for HPV vaccine receives approval
It will be available to women up to the age of 25 years who have left secondary school and who did not receive it previously.
'She saved thousands of lives': Documentary pays tribute to HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan
The radio documentary features tributes to Laura from former Health Minister Simon Harris and Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
All time
Cervarix HPV vaccine can cut cervical cancer rates by almost 90%, new study says
The study’s authors said they hope the result encourage more people to get the jab
Almost 200 HPV-positive smears through CervicalCheck need repeat test after samples expire
The samples expired after an increase in the number of cervical smear samples being sent in.
'Zero excuse' that teenage boys should not get same access to free HPV vaccine as girls
Teenage girls can get the HPV vaccine if they’re still at secondary school – but teenage boys can’t.
Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines
Facebook says certain hashtags are banned and ads rejected in a bid to stop misinformation from gaining traction.
Harris asks social media companies and sporting organisations to help raise vaccine awareness
The health minister sent letters to companies like Facebook and Google in recent weeks.
Minister commits to paying patient advocates for their time and work
A new remuneration policy will be announced next month.
Simon Harris to meet social media companies in a bid to make them do more to debunk vaccine myths
Harris is considering advice from the Attorney General on mandatory vaccination.
Family of Laura Brennan say today is a 'bittersweet day' as the HPV vaccine is extended to boys
First-year students will be able to get the HPV vaccine this September.
Minister to launch HPV vaccine for boys next week
The vaccination programme was rolled out to teenage girls in 2010, but the government committed to making it available to boys in secondary school from September.
Most Irish adults don't understand what HPV is, says new study
The study comes as boys are to be included in the national HPV immunisation programme.
New test could make it easier to predict women's risk of developing cervical cancer
Some 99% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV.
Explainer: The HPV vaccine is free for boys from next month - here's why that's important
Over 500 cases of cancer associated with the HPV infection are diagnosed every year in Ireland.
HPV vaccination rates vary by county from just 40% in Kerry to 74% in parts of Dublin
The substantial variation needs further investigation, the report says.
Simon Harris calls on TDs to support his motion tackling vaccine 'myths'
Simon Harris has called for cross party support for the motion.
HPV: Major new study shows cancer-causing virus 'significantly reduced' after vaccine
Two types of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancers were significantly reduced after vaccination.
Unions claim rollout of HPV vaccine for boys is in doubt over staffing levels within the HSE
Health Minister Simon Harris said the programme would go ahead in September as planned.
'Raw and needless cruelty': CervicalCheck cases 'a no-win situation' for all involved
Yesterday Ruth Morrissey said she hopes the decision in her case will be a positive thing for other women affected by the scandal.
'She loved the excitement of life': Funeral of vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan taking place in Clare
Laura Brennan will be laid to rest following the service in Ennis Cathedral this afternoon.
'An incredible young woman': Tributes paid to HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan
Brennan was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 24.
'Extremely encouraging': HPV uptake rate in Ireland is now at 70%
This marks an increase of 20 percentage points in just over two years.
Upscaling rollout of HPV vaccine could 'eliminate' cervical cancer in some countries, study finds
The disease claims the lives of more than 300,000 women every year.
CervicalCheck writes to 4,300 women affected by lab error offering them repeat smear test
The HSE has been aware of this error since November but it was only made public two weeks ago.
Health minister says HPV vaccine will be extended to boys next year
Hiqa has also recommended switching to a different vaccination – one that protects against an additional five types of HPV.
HPV test won't be rolled out until next year
The test was previously expected to be introduced this autumn.
Sinn Féin's presidential hopeful didn't 'flip flop' on HPV vaccine but admits 'naivety' in interview
Liadh Ní Riada’s latest comments come ahead of a HSE update on vaccine uptake rates due today.
Did you know males are at an equal risk of HPV as females? If you did you're in the minority
Two thirds of people don’t realise that males and females are at an equal risk of contracting a HPV infection.
'I won’t ever be able to understand exactly how the HPV vaccine works. So as a parent I have to trust the experts'
The desire to protect and care for your child is indescribable, writes Eric Nolan. And that means doing your best to keep them safe.
'Utter nonsense': Sinn Féin MEP rubbishes reports that she is against vaccinations
Many people on social media have been accusing the MEP of being an anti-vaxxer.
Shift to HPV testing 'could eliminate cervical cancer in Irish women in a generation'
The change could lead to more cases being detected and more deaths being avoided, experts say.
It's been a worrying two weeks - but please don't stop getting smear tests
Professor of Gynaecological Oncology at UCD on why it’s vital for women to continue with the cervical screening programme right now.
Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the new HPV test for cervical cancer
The accuracy of HPV testing is significantly higher than liquid based cytology testing, which is the testing used now, and is expected to result in fewer women receiving a false negative result.
'In their eyes I'll see pain... because their daughter is deteriorating in front of them'
Laura Brennan from Co Clare spoke about living with incurable cervical cancer, and why she wanted to feature in the HPV vaccine campaign.
HSE says people claiming to be nurses are warning against HPV vaccine on social media
The head of the HSE’s National Immunisation Office said the health service is starting to win the battle against misinformation, but there is more work to do.
Bishop apologises for false claims about HPV vaccine and teenage sex
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan says he wasn’t “fully informed”.
FactCheck: Is the Bishop of Waterford right to say the HPV vaccine is '70% safe'?
Bishop Phonsie Cullinan said the vaccine could encourage sexual activity. We can’t factcheck that – but we can say his ’70% safe’ claim is FALSE.
FactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefits
Following controversy over Super Junior Minister Finian McGrath’s comments about the vaccine, republishes this Factcheck.