Increase in Meningococcal Disease

The HPSC (9th January 2019) released a statement about the increase in cases of Meningococcal Disease in 2018. Visit the HPSC website to read their full statement.

Meningitis can be caused by meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease or Hib. In Ireland, MenB, MenC, PCV and Hib vaccines are offered to protect against meningitis.

The best way to prevent vaccine preventable diseases is by getting your vaccines on time every time. If your child is due vaccines make an appointment today and get them protected.

Not all strains of meningococcal disease can be prevented through vaccination so it is important to be aware of signs of meningitis  and septicaemia and if you are concerned don’t delay seek medical help immediately.

For more information about the

If you would like to speak to someone about general information about meningitis and meningococcal disease and what to look out for you can contact the Meningitis Research Foundation by phone 1800 41 33 44 (Ireland) or email The helpline hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

This page was added 10 January 2019