In college – are you fully vaccinated?

In college - are you fully vaccinated?

If you are in college you should check to see if you are fully vaccinated.

MMR vaccine

Many young people have not had two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine so are at risk of these diseases.

There have been recent cases of mumps and measles in students in 3rd level colleges. Most of the cases are in young adults under 35.

Mumps can cause meningitis, deafness and inflammation of the pancreas or testicles. Measles can cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain) ear infections and pneumonia.

Vaccination with MMR vaccine is the only way to protect against these diseases.

In Ireland the first MMR dose is given by GPs at 12 months of age, and the second dose at 4-5 years of age is usually given at school by HSE vaccination teams.

If you have not had (or are not sure if you have had) two doses of MMR vaccine you should contact your GP to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

MenC vaccine

If you have come to college from another country you should check to see if you have had MenC (meningococcal C) vaccine.

MenC can cause meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Vaccination with MenC vaccine is the only way to protect against this disease.

In Ireland MenC vaccine is given by GPs at 4 and 13 months of age and a 3rd dose is given by HSE school teams to 1st years in second level schools but MenC vaccine is not given routinely in many countries.

If you have not had MenC vaccine and are under 23 years of age, you should contact your GP to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Further information on MMR and MenC vaccines can be found on

 This page was updated on 02/08/2016