In Ireland immunisation is not mandatory. The HSE recommends:
- – hexavalent (6 in 1) vaccine at 2, 4 and 6 months of age
- – pneumococcal conjugate vaccine at 2, 6 and 13 months of age
- – meningococcal B vaccine at 2, 4 and 12 months of age
- – meningococcal C vaccine at 6 and 13 months of age
- – rotavirus vaccine at 2 and 4 months of age
- – MMR vaccine at 12 months of age
- – Hib vaccine at 13 months of age
The BCG vaccine is out of supply and there are talks that it may not be needed anymore.
For children aged 4 to 5 years, they will get two vaccines:
- The 4 in 1 booster to protect against diphtheria, polio, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis); and.
- a second dose of the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella.
For students aged 12
All students in their First year of second level school they be offered a tetanus, low dose diphtheria and low dose pertussis (whooping cough) (Tdap) booster vaccine.
All students in First year of second level schools will be offered a booster dose of the Meningococcal C (MenC) vaccine.
Girls in her first year of second level school, (about 12 years of age) will be offered the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine.
- 2 doses of the vaccine are given at 0 and 6 months
- Girls over 15 years of age need 3 doses of HPV vaccine