Thursday 14 December 2017

Two new vaccines for Irish babies

Two new vaccines have been introduced for babies
Two new vaccines have been introduced for babies

Parents of babies born since October 1 are reminded they are now eligible for two new vaccines to protect against meningitis B and rotavirus.

Children in Ireland will be amongst the best protected in Europe against infectious diseases following the introduction of two new vaccines to the childhood immunisation schedule.

All children born on or after that date will get the Men B vaccine at their two, four and 12-month visits. To reduce the risk of fever, all children should be given three doses of liquid infant paracetamol after their two and four month vaccines. Paracetamol is not needed when the Men B vaccine is given at 12 months as the risk of fever is less.

Rotavirus causes diarrhoea and vomiting in infants and young children. The oral vaccine, a liquid dropped into the mouth, is given at two and four month visits.

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