Q. How much is the vaccine?
A. The vaccine is free through the HSE school vaccination programme. Otherwise, it costs €150 per vaccine.
Q. Is it covered on the Drugs Payment Scheme?
A. No, Gardasil is not covered by the Drugs Payment Scheme and must be paid for privately at €150 per vaccine.
Q. Can males get the vaccine?
A. Yes – HPV vaccines have also been shown to be effective in preventing infection in men, however, men are currently not covered under the Irish scheme as the main goal of the programme is to prevent the development of cervical cancer, which does not affect men. If you are interested in getting your son vaccinated it must be purchased and administered privately with your GP.
Q. Is the vaccine safe?
A. There are no serious side effects scientifically proven to be associated with the HPV vaccine; this includes no link between HPV vaccine and chronic fatigue syndrome