Childhood Vaccines

Childhood VaccinesImmunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against certain diseases. The risks from having these diseases are far greater than the risk of any minor side effects from immunisation, it’s always better to try and prevent a disease than try and treat it,” states Dr. Fergus Macnamara of The Keogh Practice.

When your child is given a vaccine, their body responds by making antibodies, the same as if they had caught the disease but without getting sick. Their body then produces antibodies to destroy the vaccine and these stay in your child’s body and protect them against the actual disease. At your baby’s 6 week check, you should feel free to raise any questions you have in relation to vaccines and the current schedule in Ireland, risks vs. benefits

The current schedule is as follows:

At birth: The BCG vaccination (which protects against tuberculosis) administered in the hospital.
At 2 months: 6 in 1- Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, hepatitis B and HiB (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) is provided as one single injection (the “6 in 1”). PCV – pneumococcal, Meningococcal B, Rotavirus.
At 4 months: 6 in 1. Meningococcal B, Rotavirus.
At 6 months: 6 in 1. PCV – Pneumococcal Vaccine. Meningococcal C.
At 12 months: MMR vaccine- protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Meningococcal B.
At 13 months: Hib/Meningococcal C and PCV.
School Booster Programme
At 4-5 years: 4 in 1 – diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, whooping cough and polio (these are administered together as a 4 in 1 vaccine). MMR booster.
At 12-14 years: Tetanus and low dose Diphtheria vaccine. Meningococcal C (MEN C) + Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) for girls.

Any questions or issues see website: www.immunisations.ie

Alternatively, please call The Keogh Practice on 051 317600.

We maintain records of all vaccines given – a copy of your immunisations is available upon request.