In response to a rapid rise in a particularly deadly type of meningitis a one-off catch-up vaccination programme with MenACWY began in August 2015 for everyone aged 14-18 years of age and first year university students under the age of 25.
The MenACWY vaccine is also given routinely to all school children at around 14 years of age.
Other people who may be eligible for the vaccine free of charge are people with health conditions which put them at higher risk of contracting meningococcal disease. This includes children or adults with asplenia and splenic dysfunction (including sickle cell and coeliac disease) or those with complement disorders (including those receiving complement inhibitor therapy). Anyone of any age who has net been vaccinated with MenACWY with health conditions such as those listed should speak to their GP about getting vaccinated.
There is no MenACWY vaccination programme in the Republic of Ireland.