Child Vaccinations

Child vaccinations are a safe and effective way to help the body prevent or fight off certain diseases. Although vaccinations are not mandatory in Ireland, they are strongly advised by the health authorities. In Ireland children and young people are entitled to certain vaccination and immunisation services free of charge.

Ensuring your child is up-to-date with their vaccinations is important for two reasons. Firstly, to protect your child from illness and secondly, to protect the rest of the community.

We administer vaccinations in our practice in babies while children 4 years of age onwards are normally vaccinated in their schools by HSE nurses. 

Vaccinations:

  • At birth: BCG vaccination, usually administered in the maternity hospital but recommended within the first month of life.
  • 2 months: 
    • 6 in 1 Vaccine (Diphtheria Tetanus Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Hib (Haemophilus influenzae  b) Polio (Inactivated poliomyelitis) Hepatitis B)
    • PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)
    • MenB Vaccine (Meningococcal B Vaccine)
    • Rotavirus oral vaccine
  • 4 months:
    • 6 in 1 Vaccine (Diphtheria Tetanus Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Hib (Haemophilus influenzae typeb) Polio (Inactivated poliomyelitis) Hepatitis B)
    • MenB Vaccine (Meningococcal B Vaccine)
    • Rotavirus oral vaccine
  • 6 months:
    • 6 in 1 Vaccine (Diphtheria Tetanus Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Hib (Haemophilus influenzae typeb) Polio (Inactivated poliomyelitis) Hepatitis B)
    • MenC Vaccine (Meningococcal C Vaccine)
    • PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)
  • 12 months:
    • MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella)
    • MenB Vaccine (Meningococcal B Vaccine)
      The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and the pneumococcus (PCV) vaccine are administered.
  • 13 months:
    • Hib/MenC (Haemophilus influenzae  b and Meningococcal C combined vaccine)
    • PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)
  • 4 - 5 years:
    • A '4 in 1' booster injection is administered in the child's school for continued protection against against diphtheria, polio, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) and
    • A second dose of the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella.
  • 11 - 14 years:
    • All students in First year of second level schools will be offered a booster dose of the Meningococcal C (MenC) vaccine. 
    • All students in their First year of second level school are also offered a tetanus, low dose diphtheria and low dose pertussis (whooping cough) (Tdap) booster vaccine.
    • These vaccine is usually given by a HSE doctor or nurse to students on the school premises.

Research from around the world shows that immunisation is the safest way to protect your child's health. Your doctor or nurse can discuss the risks with you before giving your child his/her vaccines. Parents must consent to vaccinations for children and young people up to the age of 16.