Immunisation Schedule

New Schedule, More Protection

Two new vaccines are being added to the childhood immunisation schedule. These new vaccines will give babies protection against Meningococcal B disease and rotavirus disease. The HSE has been given funding to allow us to introduce these vaccines for all babies born on or after 1October 2016.

 

What vaccines will my baby get?

The vaccines your baby will get, depends on the date your baby was born.

If your baby was born on or after 1 October 2016 information is available below

If your baby was born before 1 October 2016 information is available at the following link

 

For babies born ON or AFTER 1 October 2016

In Ireland, all the recommended childhood immunisations listed in the timetable are free of charge. Download the booklet "Your child's immunisation - A guide for parents" for information about the primary childhood programme (Birth - 13 months) - English (2.8MB) or Irish Version (3MB)

For information about what to expect at each visit and what to do after your visit please click on the month that is appropriate to your child in the table below. (Please note you will need adobe reader to access these documents)

Age to Vaccinate

Type of Vaccination

At Birth

BCG/Tuberculosis Vaccine (given in maternity hospitals or HSE clinic)

The HSE continues to experience ongoing delays with the supply of BCG vaccine. Click here for more information

At 2 Months (518KB)

Free from your GP

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

At 4 Months (546KB)

Free from your GP

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

At 6 Months (524KB)

Free from your GP

6 in 1 Vaccine (Diphtheria Tetanus Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Hib (Haemophilus influenzae b) Polio (Inactivated poliomyelitis) Hepatitis B)

PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)

MenC Vaccine (Meningococcal C Vaccine)

At 12 Months (476KB)

Free from your GP

MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella)

MenB Vaccine (Meningococcal B Vaccine)

At 13 Months (551KB)

Free from your GP

Hib/MenC (Haemophilus influenzae  b and Meningococcal C combined vaccine)

PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)

 5 Visits Completed

Will immunisations still work if my child doesn't get them at the right time?

Yes. Most of these vaccines can be given at any age, and a child who misses one injection in a course of injections does not have to start again. The vaccines already given will still work and your child will still develop protection. However older children may not need all the vaccine doses or may need different vaccines. Just ask your GP (general practitioner) 

Has the vaccine schedule changed?

Yes. The meningococcal B vaccine and rotavirus oral vaccine have now been added to the schedule.

The vaccines schedules have changed many times as new vaccines were added. The previous vaccination schedules are available on our homepage.

 

What’s new about MenB vaccine?

When babies are given MenB vaccine with the other childhood vaccines they are more at risk of developing a fever.  We recommend giving all children 3 doses of liquid infant paracetamol after their 2 and 4 month vaccines to reduce the risk of fever.

Paracetamol is not needed when MenB vaccine is given at 12 months as the risk of fever is less.

More information about MenB vaccine is available on the following page.

 

What’s new about rotavirus oral vaccine?

The rotavirus oral vaccine is given as a liquid dropped into the mouth of a child.

Rotavirus vaccine cannot be given on or after 8 months and 0 days of age as the risk of a blocked gut is greater in older children.

More information about Rotavirus vaccine is available on the following page.

For more information

  • If you have any questions speak with your GP or public health nurse or local health office
  • Download the booklet "Your child's immunisation - A guide for parents" here for more information about the primary childhood programme (Birth - 13 months) - English (2.8MB) or Irish Version (3MB)
  • Download the booklet "Immunisation Passport" in English (320.6KB) or Irish (331.2KB)
  • Download a copy of the immunisation schedule in English (205.8KB) or Irish (206.1KB)
  • Health Protection Surveillance Centre - vaccination information
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland - Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland

 

This page was added on 10 October 2017