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Meningitis B Vaccine Will Be Available In Ireland

The Meningitis B vaccine will be free and offered to children in the next year according to the HSE.

The funding has been fully approved and is part of a €17.9m funding plan by the HSE. A deal is currently being negotiated with the producer of the vaccine.

UPDATE: An agreement has now been reached with manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline to give the vaccine free to infants at two months, four months and 13 months.

The vaccine which is to fully protect against the killer strain of Meningitis B will be given in the course of three jabs. The same meningitis jab has already been approved and given the go-ahead in the UK. The three jabs are being offered on the NHS for infants at two months old, followed by the second dose at four months and the third at 12 months.

The vaccine is scheduled to be introduced to the childhood immunisation programme later this year, however the HSE say efforts will be made to roll it out sooner.

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Sara
How do I go about arranging for the men b vaccine to be given to my one year old who just missed out on this vaccine? I asked my doctor but they only do for babies on the new vacinne schedule
04/05/2017 21:47:02

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Claire Gavin
Hi is it possible for this vaccine to be given to toddlers?
03/05/2017 10:19:12

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