Almost 650 girls in Ireland reported requiring medical intervention or treatment after receiving the HPV vaccine, according to data collected by the State’s medicines watchdog.
Almost 650 girls needed medical intervention after HPV vaccine
The Health Products Regulatory Authority has received 1,099 reports of adverse reactions and events associated with the use of the vaccine, but it said that this should not be taken as evidence of a causal link and that the benefits continue to outweigh the potential risks - writes irishtimes.com.
More than 690,000 doses
Since it was introduced in Ireland, in 2010, more than 690,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed, and 230,000 girls have received the full course.
It said 59 per cent of the reports – or 648 cases – were considered serious, meaning they included circumstances where patients required intervention, such as a review by their GP, treatment for their symptoms, or both.
“The majority of reports we have received have been consistent with the expected pattern of adverse effects for the vaccine, as described in the currently approved product information,” a spokeswoman said.
The authority’s view, based on reviews by the European Medicines Agency , was that the benefits of HPV vaccines continue to outweigh their risks, she said.
The HPV – or human papilloma virus – vaccine, marketed as Gardasil, protects against cervical and other forms of cancer.