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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 4°C
# family poll
Poll: Would you prevent your child from being vaccinated?
Childhood vaccinations are an important health measure, but not all parents are in favour.

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AMONG THE CHALLENGES of adjusting to existing with little or no sleep and having zero time to yourself comes an equally difficult challenge for new parents – watching as their little one’s chubby arm or leg is met with syringes for vaccines during their first year.

Vaccines in your child’s first year – and later in life  - can protect them against dangerous diseases such as tuberculosis, whooping cough, tetanus, polio and diphtheria. However some parents still hold concerns over the safety of certain vaccinations, in particular the HPV vaccine among school-age girls.

Earlier in the week, the Irish Medical Journal released findings that disadvantaged schools tend to have the lowest uptake rate for HPV vaccines. The study took into consideration social deprivation, religious ethos and co-educational status, but could not account for some factors such as ethnicity.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that claims the HPV vaccine caused 400 Irish girls to fall ill were “false” and “unfounded”.

Over 200,000 girls in Ireland have safely received the vaccine, joining 100 million people worldwide who have been vaccinated against the virus.

So, tell us, would you prevent your child from being vaccinated?

Poll Results:

No, vaccines are essential. (334)
Yes, if I thought they were in danger. (327)
No, but I do have some concerns. (62)
I don't know. (5)

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