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Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme

The objective of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme is to achieve a national uptake level of 95%, which is the rate required to provide population immunity and to protect children, and the population generally, from the potentially serious diseases concerned.  Ireland’s recommended immunisation programme is based on the guidelines of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Since 2011 Ireland has achieved the 95% uptake level recommended by WHO for childhood immunisation for the main constituent of the primary childhood immunisation programme, the 6 in 1 vaccination.  Reports for quarter two of 2013 indicate a national year-to-date uptake rate of 95.2%.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set a target to achieve measles and congenital rubella syndrome elimination by 2015.  Ireland is committed to this target