Increase in Meningococcal C disease

Increase in Meningococcal C disease: Are you and your children fully vaccinated?


There has been an increase in meningococcal C (MenC) disease in Ireland since 2013

  • 60 cases have occurred since 2013 
  • 20 cases have been reported in 2017

Men C disease is a serious contagious illness. This bacterial infection can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining around the brain), septicaemia (blood poisoning) and death. The disease can occur at any age but infants and adolescents are most at risk.

Vaccination with MenC vaccine is the only way to protect against MenC disease.

  • Two doses of MenC vaccine are needed to give babies the best protection.The first dose is given at

- 4 months (babies born before October 1st 2016)                                                                                          
- 6 months (babies born on or after October 1st 2016)

  • The second dose is given at 13 months

  • Teenagers need a booster dose of MenC vaccine in first year of second level school


Everyone up to 23 years of age needs at least one dose of MenC vaccine

MenC vaccine uptake has never reached the recommended World Health Organization target of 95%.

What should parents and young adults do?

Make sure you or your children are up to date with MenC vaccine according to the recommended schedule.

Please go to your GP if you or your child have missed or delayed MenC vaccine.

Further information on this recent increase in MenC disease and on MenC vaccine is available at the following links:


 This page was added 10 July 2017