Meningitis vaccines


  • The single most effective thing you can do to protect your children from meningitis is to make sure they are fully immunised.
  • There are vaccines that protect against most forms of meningitis and septicaemia
  • These vaccines provide excellent protection but can't prevent all strains of these diseases. 
  • As yet there is no vaccine that can prevent all forms of meningitis and septicaemia.
  • So Know the Symptoms

The following vaccines are available against life-threatening bacterial meningitis and septicaemia:

Additionally MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine can help control viral meningitis.

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 ACWY*



Hib & Meningococcal C (Hib/MenC)  
Meningococcal B (MenB)+
Meningococcal B (MenB)+ Meningococcal B (MenB)



Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)  

* The routine MenACWY immunisation for teenagers started in August 2015. More information about MenACWY for teenager and young adults in the UK. 

+ Liquid paracetamol should be given to babies who are being vaccinated with MenB as part of the routine schedule at 2 and 4 months of age. You should make sure you have a supply of liquid paracetamol at home in readiness for your baby’s immunisations. For more information see our MenB vaccine factsheet 

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')



Meningococcal Group C (MenC)

Meningococcal Group C (MenC)
Pneumococcal
Pneumococcal Pneumococcal



MMR




Hib





Schedule for babies in Ireland born on or after 1st October 2016

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')




Meningococcal Group C (MenC)

Pneumococcal
Pneumococcal
Pneumococcal



MMR




Hib/Meningococcal Group C (MenC)
Meningococcal B (MenB) Meningococcal B (MenB)
Meningococcal B (MenB)
Rotavirus Rotavirus




Page last update 11.04.17