Changes to the Schedule of Childhood Meningitis C vaccination

The Department of Health has recently advised us that they have changed the times when the Meningitis C vaccine is to be given to children.

Recent studies suggest later vaccination provides more long term protection and one dose at three months is sufficient to cover the first year of life.

In summary the changes are;

  • Removal of the second dose at 16 weeks (4 months)
  • Introduction of an adolescent booster at 14 years, this should be given with the Td/IPV (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio) vaccine that is already given at this age.

It has been recommended that the vaccine be given to anyone between the ages of 14-25 who have not received the vaccine at 14 years of age. This is especially true for those entering university for the first time.

If you would like any further information regarding the vaccine or, you would like to make an appointment for your child or yourself to receive the Meningitis C vaccination then please contact the practice.