Childhood immunisation in the UK and Ireland

How can I protect my children from meningitis?

The single most effective thing you can do to protect your children from meningitis is to make sure they are fully immunised. Every injection in the routine immunisation programme for babies protects against some form of meningitis, as indicated in bold.

Meningitis vaccines in the routine immunisation schedule for children in the UK

2 months 3 months 4 months 12 to 13months  13/14 years*
Hib + diptheria, tetanus,
whooping cough, polio
(DTaP/IPV/Hib)
Hib + diptheria, tetanus,
whooping cough, polio
(DTaP/IPV/Hib)
Hib + diptheria, tetanus,
whooping cough, polio
(DTaP/IPV/Hib)

 
Pneumococcal (PCV13)

Pneumococcal (PCV13) Pneumococcal (PCV13)  

Meningococcal C (MenC)

Meningococcal C (MenC)



Hib + Meningococcal C (Hib/MenC)  



Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)  

* The routine MenC booster immunisation for teenagers will start in the 2013/14 academic year. It will be offered at around 14 years of age (in school year 9 or 10) at the same time as the current teenage Td/IPV booster

Meningitis vaccines in the current schedule for children in Ireland

2 months 4 months 6 months 12 months 13 months
Diptheria/ Tetanus/ Pertussis/ Polio / Hib/ Hepatitis B
('6-in-one')
Diptheria/ Tetanus/ Pertussis/ Polio / Hib/ Hepatitis B
('6-in-one')
Diptheria/ Tetanus/ Pertussis/ Polio / Hib/ Hepatitis B
('6-in-one')



MenC MenC
MenC
Pneumococcal
Pneumococcal Pneumococcal



MMR




Hib





Although vaccines provide excellent protection, not all forms of meningitis can be prevented, so it is important to know the symptoms so that you can recognise the disease in time to get medical help if your child is affected.