Vaccines

HPV vaccine uptake rate falls 15% among young girls

IMO say rates are falling due to ‘fake news stories about nonexistent risks’

There has been a growing online campaign against the drug Gardasil. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters
There has been a growing online campaign against the drug Gardasil. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The rate of uptake for HPV cervical cancer vaccination has fallen 15 per cent among young girls.

The vaccine, which protects women from seven out of 10 types of cervical cancer, has been offered to girls aged 12-13 in the first year of secondary school since 2011.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has published the third National Healthcare Quality Reporting System report. The review of local healthcare systems found uptake of the HPV vaccine has declined 15 per cent in two years.

Nationally the vaccination rate for the cervical cancer vaccine among secondary school girls fell from 87 per cent in 2014…