“Minister must address ongoing parental concerns about Gardasil vaccine,” Mattie McGrath

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“Minister must address ongoing parental concerns about Gardasil vaccine,” Mattie McGrath

24-05-2017

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Health Simon Harris to initiate a formal nationwide review and assessment of young girls believed to be adversely affected by the HPV/Gardasil vaccine. Deputy McGrath was speaking as a growing number of concerned parents continue to contact him about the frustration they are experiencing in their attempts to obtain clarification or assistance from the HSE about Gardasil related issues:

“In January 2016 then Minister for Health Leo Varadkar acknowledged that the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) had received 958 reports of adverse side effects related to Gardasil and the HSE’s schools immunisation programme that began in 2010.

Since that time, and despite the statements of the current Minister for Health, parents who believe that their children have been traumatised by Gardasil related illnesses are continuing to insist that there has been absolutely no meaningful engagement with them.

What is worse is that they are being characterised as dangerous and ill-informed when the very fact that they allowed their children to be initially vaccinated demonstrates that they were not inherently ‘anti-vaccine.’

These loving and responsible parents who have endured seeing their children’s quality of life dramatically deteriorate need and demand a completely impartial review.

As I understand it there are between 400-500 families that are severely affected. By any measure that is a public health risk that needs to be addressed.

Minister Harris has already acknowledged that at EU level, regulators must continuously monitor the cumulative reporting experience as part of the ongoing assessment of the safety of HPV vaccines.

What I am asking for therefore is that he establishes an urgent review in this state as part of his broader EU regulatory commitments.

In November of last year Minister Harris also accepted that the individual nature of the needs of some of these children may require access to specialist services and that the HSE was working to put in place a clinical care pathway appropriate to the medical needs of this group.

At the very least we need immediate clarity on those issues also,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

ENDS

 

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