Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection has welcomed the news that parents in Dublin 15 & 7 will be able to avail of the Meningitis B and Rotavirus vaccinations from December 1st.
“This week my colleague Minister for Health Simon Harris TD confirmed that parents can obtain the Meningococcal B and Rotavirus vaccinations from their family doctor from the 1st of December,” Minister Varadkar said.
“All babies born on or after the 1st October 2016 will receive vaccines for Meningococcal B and Rotavirus disease, as well as other standard childhood vaccines. The first doses will be given at two months of age.
“As Minister for Health, I secured funding for these new vaccines in the Budget last year. I am delighted that Minister Harris has followed through on this important work and is making it a reality.
“The Meningitis vaccine will protect children from a potentially fatal and disabling infection. Rotavirus is much less serious but does make babies and young children very sick for a few days. It is a major cause of presentation to paediatric Emergency Departments due to vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration. The vaccine will reduce the need for such attendances, reduce waiting times for children at Emergency Departments and the time parents have to take off work to look after their sick child.
“The HSE has been working with GPs and other health professions for a number of months to introduce these new vaccines. This included training over 3,000 vaccinators, distributing vaccines to GP practices, and providing information to parents and professionals. I am also pleased that the Government has the support of GPs deliver this.
“As the economy continues to recover, Fine Gael is determined to ensure that the benefits of this recovery are felt in every community across Ireland.”