The Vaccination Schedule, as recommended by the HSE, is provided free to all children at the clinic
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against certain diseases. The risks from having these diseases are far greater than the risk of any minor side effects from immunisation. To gain full immunity, it is important to follow the schedule as directed, where possible. The due dates are based on the child’s age by calendar dates, and not by weeks.
2 months 6 in 1 ( Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib, Hepatitis B) + PCV (pneumococcal vaccine)
4 months 6 in 1 + Men C ( Meningitis C)
6 months 6 in 1 + PCV + Men C
12 months MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) + PCV
13 months Men C + Hib (haemophilus influenzae B)
4-5 years 4 in 1 ( Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio) + MMR (vaccine given in school)
11 – 14 years MMR and second Diphtheria / tetanus booster(vaccine given in school)
Abbreviations used in the table above:
BCG = Bacille Calmette-Guerin (TB – Tuberculosis vaccine)
6 in 1 = Diphtheria, haemophilus influenzae B (Hib), hepatitis B, pertussis (Whooping Cough), polio and tetanus
PCV = Pneumococcal vaccine
Men C = Meningococcal C
MMR = Measles, mumps, rubella
Hib = Haemophilus influenzae B
4 in 1 = Diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis (whooping cough)
HPV = Human papillomavirus
Tdap = Tetanus, low dose diphtheria, accelular pertussis
Other vaccines, such as the Chickenpox vaccine, are available privately, but are not covered by the national immunisation programme.
Generally, the side effects of vaccines are mild, if at all. We at The Park Clinic will be happy to talk to you about these, or any concerns you may have, before you have your child vaccinated. Common reactions are soreness, swelling and redness at the site of injection, fever, irritability, off form, and off food for 24-48 hrs after the vaccine. Generally paracetamol or ibuprofen is all that is needed.
If your child is very ill or has a temperature, the immunisation should be postponed until your child is better. However, infants with minor coughs and colds, or those on antibiotics, can be immunised safely and effectively. If in doubt, let us see the child, rather than putting it off. One of our doctors will happily examine your baby, before our nurse gives the vaccines, if necessary.
Read or download a copy of the Childhood Immunisations A Guide for Parents here.
For further information visit the Website: www.immunisation.ie
All medical and nursing staff at The Park Clinic are fully committed to the programme, and are willing to help you with any questions or worries you may have.