Immunisations



Background

Please find national immunisation guidelines at http://www.doh.ie/pdfdocs/immuguid.pdf

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Routine Childhood Immunisation Programme in Ireland
When to Immunise What vaccine is given Where How
At birth BCG against Tuberculosis (TB) Hospital or GP 1 injection
At 2, 4 and 6 months 5 in 1 : Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough (pertussis), Haemophilus influenza B, Polio
Men C : Meningococcal C
GP 2 injections
At 12 to 15 months MMR 1st dose : Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Hib booster
GP 2 injections
4 to 5 years 4 in 1 : Diptheria, Tetanus, Whopping cough (pertussus), Polio GP 2 injections
Junior infants MMR second dose School 1 injection

The above vaccines are free of charge.


Rules

Age Where Born before 01/07/2008 Born after 01/07/2008
Birth Hospital or clinic BCG vaccination (a vaccine to protect against tuberculosis) BCG vaccination
2 months GP 5 in 1 (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and HiB (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) is provided in one single injection) plus vaccination against Meningitis C in a separate injection. 6 in 1 (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, HiB (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) and Hepatitis B is provided in one single injection) plus vaccine against Pneumococcal Disease in a separate injection.
4 months GP The same as at 2 months 6 in 1 (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, HiB (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) and Hepatitis B is provided in one single injection) plus vaccine against Meningococcal C in a separate injection.
6 months GP The same as at 2 months 6 in 1 (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, HiB (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) and Hepatitis B is provided in one single injection) plus vaccines against Meningococcal C and Pneumococcal Disease.
12-15 months GP MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and a HiB (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B)  booster is administered 12 months: MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, plus vaccine against Pneumococcal Disease.
13 months: Vaccine against Meningococcal C and HiB.
4-5 years GP or school 4 in 1 (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio) plus MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) 4 in 1 (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio), plus MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) (pdf) vaccine.
11-14 years GP or school Td (tetanus and low-dose diphtheria) Td (tetanus and low-dose diphtheria)

Children who were born between 2 September 2006 and 30 June 2008 will also be called for a vaccine against Pneumococcal Disease:

Date of birth Number of doses needed When to vaccinate
2 September 2006 to 31 July 2007 1 Before 31 January 2009
1 August 2007 to 29 February 2008 1 13 months of age
1 March 2008 to 30 June 2008 2 6 months and 13 months

School Booster Programme

At 4-5 years: The 4 in 1 vaccine (diphtheria,  tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio), plus MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) (pdf) is administered. 

At 11-14 years: The Td (tetanus and low-dose diphtheria) vaccine is administered.

In counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Monaghan, Meath, Louth and parts of north Dublin these booster vaccines are administered by your GP. You should contact your Local Health Office if you have any questions concerning the administration of these vaccines.



Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan. Last review Dr ÍOS 16/06/21.