Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has today (Friday) announced that funding of €500,000 has been made available to support the work of the Vaccine Alliance.
The funding will be used to boost the uptake of childhood vaccines and improving confidence in vaccines.
Minister Harris said:
The Minister stressed the importance of this work particularly in the context of outbreaks of measles and mumps and the ‘flu virus which is currently circulating. He reminded the public that it was not too late to get vaccinated.
The Minister advised the public to get information on vaccines from a reputable source:
Information on vaccination is available at www.immunisation.ie.
1. After clean water, vaccination is the most effective intervention for saving lives and promoting good health.
2. Vaccine hesitancy, defined as either a delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccination services, was identified by the World Health Organization, in 2019, as one of the ten leading threats to global health.
3. Vaccination currently prevents 2-3 million deaths every year. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, however, if global vaccination coverage improves.
4. In 1950, there were approximately 5,000 cases of rubella reported in Ireland, along with 500 cases of diptheria and 500 cases of polio. By comparison, in 2017, there were no cases of diptheria, rubella or polio. The last reported case of polio in Ireland was in 1984.
5. If 1,000 people get Meningococcal C infection, 50 will die. If 1,000 people are immunised, 50 will have discomfort, redness and swelling where the injection was given or will have a fever.
6. One in 1000 cases of measles is fatal. 72 children and adults died from measles in the European Region in 2018.
7. There has been a 72% decrease in cases of rotavirus since the vaccine was introduced for babies in 2016.
8. There were 69 cases of whooping cough in 2017 in babies less than 6 months of age. All pregnant women should get the whooping cough vaccine to give their baby the best protection during their first few months of life.
9. Each year in Ireland 300 women develop cervical cancer and 90 die from the disease. The HPV vaccine, HPV9, protects against 9 out of 10 cervical cancers.