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.