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The National Immunisation Office (NIO) is a coordinating unit within the Directorate of Population Health of the Health Service Executive (HSE). 

HPV vaccination programme
Following recommendations from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), the Minister for Health and Children announced that the HPV vaccine would be introduced into the national immunisation programme in 2010 as part of the national strategy to protect females from cervical cancer. HPV vaccine was offered to all girls in First and Second year of second level schools in 2010 and age equivalent in special schools. Girls outside of the traditional school system (home-schooled) were also vaccinated.

The HSE National Immunisation Office is responsible for the planning and implementation of immunisation programmes and ensures that

• Up to date accurate information re immunisation is available for parents and health professionals

• Sufficient vaccine stocks are available for the national immunisation programmes

• Vaccines are distributed to all sites under validated temperature controlled conditions

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre ensures that accurate statistics are collected on vaccine uptakes and disease outbreaks.

Find out more about the National Immunisation Office or the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and the work of the Health Service Executive at:, or