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The inclusion of a Meningitis B vaccine as part of the national childhood immunisation programme is being considered by the Department of Health

The inclusion of a Meningitis B vaccine as part of the national childhood immunisation programme is being considered by the Department of Health.

Demand for the introduction of such a scheme has increased, following a decision by authorities in Britain and Northern Ireland to include the vaccine in their national immunisation programme for children.

Meningitis B is the most common bacterial meningitis infection in Ireland; it is classified as a medical emergency and can result in death or severe disability.

The Galway-based awareness organisation ACT for Meningitis says the department should immediately include the vaccine in the childhood immunisation programme.

Irish Independent