Meningitis B vaccinations will be included in the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule (PCIS) for all children born on or after 1 October 2016. However, the HSE have confirmed that there will be no catch-up programme.
Children born before 1 October 2016 will have to be vaccinated outside the PCIS system, which means opting to pay privately for this service from your GP.
Galway Bay Medical Centre are offering a private vaccination service to cover this cohort of children.
The minimum age for vaccination is 2 months.
If you are interested in having your children vaccinated please send us an email and our Nurse will contact you to make an appointment.
The vaccine (Bexero) has been in short supply for the past few months and may become so again. See top of the page for most recent stock updates.
For decades, MenB has been the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK and Ireland. Vaccines are the only way to prevent meningitis and have almost eliminated some other kinds of meningitis.
Since the first meningitis vaccine was introduced against Hib meningitis in 1992, many kinds of meningitis have been reduced or have dwindled to a mere handful of cases, including Hib, MenC and Pneumococcal.
Thanks to meningitis vaccines, thousands of children are alive today who would otherwise have died from these deadly diseases.
Developing a MenB vaccine has been much more difficult – until now, protection against MenB has been a distant possibility.
Meanwhile, meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia remain the leading infectious cause of death for children under five in the UK.
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