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MMR Vaccine is the only protection against measles

Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

The HSE has advised that the MMR Vaccine is the only protection against measles.

Two doses of MMR Vaccine in your lifetime are needed to give full protection.

The HSE MMR vaccine catch up programme is now running in community vaccination clinics in Cavan and Monaghan.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that can cause serious complications, particularly in children under one year of age, pregnant women, and the immunosuppressed.

The MMR catch-up campaign aims to protect against measles due to a rise in cases of the disease in the UK and Europe.

The campaign focuses on delivering the MMR vaccine to key groups, who may have missed their vaccines in the past:

  • Children
  • Young adults
  • Health and Care workers.

Those eligible are those born in Ireland from 1.1.1978 and do not have evidence of two MMR vaccines or if born outside of Ireland and do not have evidence of two MMR vaccines at any age.

If you are planning a holiday outside Ireland, you can now get your baby vaccinated before you go. They must be between 6 and 11 months. They should then get their next dose as normal at 12 months and the final dose in junior infants.

MMR vaccines are available free of charge from GPs to all groups, but primarily to those under 18 years, and from HSE community clinics for eligible people.

A list of Vaccination Clinics is available here:

All clinics are walk-in or you can book an appointment by visiting:

Additionally, the HSE will also provide targeted clinics for specific groups including students and young people in education settings and underserved groups. 

Further information about measles symptoms is available at:

If you have these symptoms, please seek medical advice. Phone ahead prior to attending your GP, Emergency Department or other healthcare provider to inform the healthcare professionals that you have these symptoms, so they can make necessary arrangements. In addition, please alert medical staff if you have been in contact with someone who has measles or if you have recently travelled to an area where you know measles has been spreading.

Clinics in Cavan and Monaghan will take place at the below times and dates:




24th June 2024

St. Davnet's CVC,  Monaghan, Co. Monaghan H18 ED80

1pm to 3pm

26th June 2024

Primary Care, Carrickmacross,  Co. Monaghan A81 C642

10am to 12pm

27th June 2024

Primary Care Centre, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan H12 RK12

3pm to 5pm


Last updated on: 21 / 06 / 2024