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Further information is available on the National Immunisation Office website.
Please see the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website for detailed quarterly and annual immunisation uptake reports.
Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme
The Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme covers immunisations between birth and 13 months of age. Immunisation is free of charge and administered by General Practitioners within their clinics. The PCI programme provides immunisation against:
- Haemophilus Influenzae B (Hib)
- Hepatitis B
- Pneumococcal Disease
- Meningitis C
For children born on or after 1 October 2016 it will include immunisation against meningitis B and rotavirus.
School Immunisation Programme
The School Immunisation Programme (SIP) covers immunisation of school age children. At age 4 to 5 children get 4 in 1 booster (diphtheria, polio, tetanus and pertussis) and MMR2.
In first year of second level school children are offered tetanus, low-dose diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) booster vaccine and a booster dose of the Meningococcal C (MenC) vaccine.
In first year of second level girls are offered primary HPV vaccination The school programme is delivered by CHO immunisation teams within schools or in local health offices. In Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal the 4 in 1 and MMR2 booster at 4/5 years are administered by GPs. SIP is offered free of charge.
- A seasonal influenza vaccination programme is in place. The vaccine is administered by GPs and approved community pharmacists under contract. The vaccine is provided free for recommended groups. For those with a medical card of doctor only card administration of the vaccine is provided free of charge. For other groups an administration fee may be charged.
- A Pneumococcal vaccination programme is available for those aged over 65 and certain risk groups. Mode of delivery is the same as for influenza.
- Pertussis vaccination is recommended for pregnant women, immunocompromised and healthcare workers (HCWs) with contact with infants. The vaccine (administered as Tdap) is free but an administration fee may be charged.
- Other vaccinations e.g. hepatitis B for specified risk groups are generally free of charge but administration fees may be liable.
- Occupational vaccinations are generally provided by employers.