First-year students in Ireland will receive a new meningitis vaccine from the start of the next academic year.
Minister for Health Simon Harris has approved the introduction of the new vaccination in response to a rise in cases of meningitis since 2014.
The new menACWY vaccine will replace the existing booster dose of meningitis C vaccine.
Diane McConnell, Regional Director of the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) said:
“During the last few weeks of 2018 and first weeks of 2019, there was a higher than normal incidence of meningococcal meningitis reported in Ireland.
“Therefore, the introduction of the menACWY vaccine into the schedule is particularly welcomed because it means that the Irish population will be protected against more types of meningitis and septicaemia.”
The menACWY has been provided to teenagers by the NHS since 2015.
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