The Louth TD raised the issue in the Dáil with the Taoiseach on Tuesday.
Gerry Adams said:
“I recently met the mothers of a number of young women from Louth and across the state who had received the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil. They outlined to me the background to their concerns that Gardasil is responsible for serious side effects which have left their daughters extremely ill.
The European Medical Agency has cleared this vaccine for use however it is clear that there are a substantial number of young women and their parents who attribute their illness to Gardasil.
The young women suffer from a variety of debilitating illnesses including symptoms such as complex regional pain syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
Some of the symptoms are so severe that a number of the young women have had to leave school and their parents are faced with no other option but to quit work and become carers for their children.
These families want truth about their daughters medical conditions; help with treatment and financial and other supports, including the provision of disability allowance, carer’s allowance, medical cards and so on.
The Health Products Regulatory Authority has received 919 reports of adverse reactions and events associated with the use of Gardasil in this state. This could affect many more than the 175 families we know about, given that the condition can present by degrees. The 175 girls are displaying debilitating, long-term and chronic symptoms that include severe fatigue, short-term memory and concentration deterioration, food intolerances, visual disturbances, noise sensitivity, severe headaches, burning muscles and joint pain.
I very much regret that the Taoiseach failed to respond to my question but I have written to him on this.
These young people and their parents need the best support that can be provided.”