(Taken from Ministers response to Dáil Questions 23/05/17)
The HSE parent information leaflet refers parents to the national immunisation website www.immunisation.ie where links to additional information including the licensing documentation, the SPC and the PIL for each vaccine can be found at:www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/schoolprog/HPV/HPV/.
The website allows members of the public to contact the National Immunisation Office (NIO) to ask a question if they require further information. These questions, when possible, are answered by the staff of the NIO within one working day. The NIO website has been accredited by the World Health Organisation (WHO) credibility and content good information practices criteria.
So now see how he explains why parents do not receive the PIL but states that the HSE information leaflet provides the same information on side effects of the vaccine!!!
The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Guide ‘Communicating in plain English’ (2015) developed in partnership with NALA states that “One in six people find reading and understanding everyday texts difficult: for example, reading a health leaflet, bus timetable or medicine instructions. One in four has difficulties in real world maths from simple addition and subtraction to the calculation of averages”. Therefore, like other countries providing school immunisation programmes, the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is replaced by this information leaflet and like other countries the HSE information leaflet provides the same information on side effects of the vaccine.