When your child is 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.
These vaccines are given by a HSE doctor or nurse in primary school to Junior Infants, or in some areas by your GP.
The HSE will inform you of the date of the immunisations.
If a student misses that immunisation in school, the HSE will arrange for the student to be vaccinated at a HSE clinic.
In Ireland, all the recommended childhood vaccines listed in the schools immunisation programme are free.
The following information materials are available for parents of children in Junior Infants/First Year of primary schools.
Post Vaccination Advice
The 4 in 1 vaccine used in the school programme is called IPV Boostrix. It is manufactured by GSK. Please read the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) and Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) below for more information about the vaccine.
Two MMR vaccines are used in the school programme. The MMR vaccines used in the school programme are called Priorix and MMRVaxPro. Priorix is manufactured by GSK. MMRVaxPro is manufactured by MSD.
The licensed documents for each vaccines the Summary of Product Characteristcs and the Patient Information Leaflet are available here.
Further information is also available on the following pages of our website
If you have any other queries please contact the schools immunisation programme office in your area. The contact phone numbers are available here in English or Irish.
The following information is available for healthcare professionals carrying out this programme.
This page was updated on 4 January 2018