Northern Ireland Praises Cervical Cancer Vaccine Uptake


2009-09-21 10:52

The Health Minister has praised the high uptake of the cervical cancer vaccine in Northern Ireland.

Since the vaccination programme was introduced here last year, 89% of Year 9 girls received the first dose, with 85% and 83% receiving the second and third doses.

Speaking at Bloomfield Collegiate School in Belfast, Michael McGimpsey said: "Cervical cancer is a disease which kills around 40 women every year in Northern Ireland. For this reason, the vaccination programme is very important.

"I welcome the fact that the Northern Ireland uptake for the vaccination is extremely high, which means 12 and 13 year old girls and their parents, realise the importance of this vaccination in the fight against cervical cancer.

"The vaccination programme for this year is already underway throughout schools. This vaccination is about saving lives and preventing the suffering and distress caused by cancer. I would ask all parents to continue to support the vaccination programme and to give consent for their daughters to have the vaccine this year."