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Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution: Ancillary Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly Report: Discussion (29 Nov 2017)

Kate O'Connell: ...withdrew his comments but a cleric in this country recently spoke about teenagers engaging in pure and chaste lives. I am not sure what sort of teenagers he is dealing with but his comments concerned the HPV vaccine and a rather ignorant link between it and sexual activity. Has the Department done any work on the promotion of the HPV vaccine, which can eradicate cancer? I am concerned...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (21 Nov 2017)

Simon Harris: ...any impact that their data may have on the overall assessment of the benefits and risks of a medicinal product. Taking into account the totality of the available information, the benefits of the HPV vaccines continue to outweigh their risks. The safety of these vaccines continues to be monitored at EU level through the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and its expert committees, which...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (15 Nov 2017) See 1 other result from this answer

Róisín Shortall: 157. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to expand access to the HPV vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48338/17]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (15 Nov 2017) See 1 other result from this answer

Pat Deering: 168. To ask the Minister for Health if a connection is being made between the HPV vaccine and the onset of symptoms experienced by 628 women; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48368/17]

Topical Issue Debate: Infectious Diseases (8 Nov 2017)

Kate O'Connell: ...diseases. Facts and science save lives while miscommunication and untruths destroy them, given how they have been shown to affect vaccination rates. This country has faced challenges with the HPV vaccine, so it would be regrettable if we were to let our vaccination rate drop below approximately 95%, which is considered the point at which the population is afforded herd immunity. A...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (7 Nov 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 622. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department will investigate claims that the symptoms of some 650 persons who have received the HPV vaccine here fit in with a recently described phenomenon known as autoimmune inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45643/17]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (7 Nov 2017) See 1 other result from this answer

Lisa Chambers: 717. To ask the Minister for Health the reason the necessary treatment of HPV consisting of three separate gardasil injections for a person (details supplied) is not covered under their medical card; the reason they are being asked to pay €170 for each injection; if there is financial assistance available to the person in relation to this expense; and if he will make a statement on the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (7 Nov 2017)

Simon Harris: ...any impact that their data may have on the overall assessment of the benefits and risks of a medicinal product. Taking into account the totality of the available information, the benefits of the HPV vaccines continue to outweigh their risks. The safety of these vaccines continues to be monitored at EU level through the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and its expert committees, which...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (26 Oct 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 151. To ask the Minister for Health if claims that the symptoms of the 650 persons who have received the HPV vaccine fit in with a recently described phenomenon known as autoimmune and inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (details supplied) will be examined by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45387/17]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (26 Oct 2017)

Simon Harris: I am aware of claims of an association between HPV vaccination and a number of conditions experienced by a group of young women. An illness that occurs around the time a vaccine is given and is already known to be common in adolescence does not imply the vaccine caused the problem. It appears that some girls first suffered symptoms around the time they received the HPV vaccine, and...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Quarterly Update On Health Issues: Discussion (18 Oct 2017) See 3 other results from this debate

Kate O'Connell: I thank all the witnesses for coming in this morning. Does the Minister know the impact of the recent campaign on the promotion of the HPV vaccine? Are there any preliminary data to show whether we have addressed the decline from 87% to 50%? I know the campaign was recent but are there any data to show the plan is working? With regard to primary care centres I heard the Minister speak...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Departmental Reports (10 Oct 2017)

Catherine Byrne: ...impacts; these are set out in the NSWG. These include improving awareness and supporting healthier choices in terms of smoking cessation, safer alcohol consumption, improving uptake of the HPV vaccine, increasing physical activity participation rates in younger women and improving rates of folic acid consumption and breastfeeding. The Healthy Ireland approach is that many organisations...

Seanad: Business of Seanad (3 Oct 2017)

Paul Coghlan: ...is targeted at mountain sheep grazing. I have also received notice from Senator Tim Lombard of the following matter:The need for the Minister for Health to initiate a campaign outlining the safety of the HPV vaccinations in light of the negative publicity regarding this vaccine. I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion and they will be taken now.

Seanad: Commencement Matters (Resumed): Vaccination Programme (3 Oct 2017) See 2 other results from this debate

Tim Lombard: .... This is the first time he has graced the new Seanad Chamber with his presence. I tabled this matter to discuss the need for the Minister to initiate a campaign to outline the safety of the HPV vaccine in light of very negative publicity. The HPV vaccination is a very important tool in the context of public health. It is a very important step for our nation to ensure that our...

Public Accounts Committee: Health Information and Quality Authority: Financial Statement 2016 (28 Sep 2017)

..., HTAs, are undertaken at the request of the Minister and his Department or at the request of the HSE to inform major health policy or health service decisions. We are currently undertaking a HTA on extending the national immunisation schedule to include providing the HPV vaccine to boys. Another example of a HTA published earlier this year was an assessment of smoking cessation...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Estimates for Public Services 2017: Vote 38 - Department of Health (27 Sep 2017) See 1 other result from this debate

Alan Kelly: I welcome the Minister. Not to be always negative, I will start with the positives. I compliment him on the way in which he dealt with the HPV vaccine and the manner in which he dealt with his Minister of State. We very much appreciate it. I know the Minister cannot comment on that, but we all need to stand up collectively in the political classes for what is right. I hope we will see...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (20 Sep 2017)

Michael Healy-Rae: 407. To ask the Minister for Health the amount the relaunched HPV awareness campaign is costing; if a public relations company has been contracted to boost this campaign; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39311/17]

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