Vaccinations for children and young people


Immunisation is a safe and effective way to help your body prevent or fight off certain diseases. You can get immunisation through vaccinations.

You can get your child vaccinated under the:

Check the table below to see what age to get your child vaccinated at.

How much do these vaccinations cost?

These vaccinations are free of charge.

Parental consent for vaccines

If you are under 16, you must get your parent or guardian's consent for vaccinations.

Vaccination is not compulsory but is strongly advised by the Department of Health. You should discuss any concerns you may have with your GP (family doctor) before making a decision about your child’s immunisation.

Where to get your child vaccinated in Ireland

You are usually offered your child's vaccinations by:

  • The hospital where your baby was born
  • The HSE
  • Your GP
  • The School Immunisation Programme or
  • The HSE catch-up program

You can also contact your Local Health Office or your GP directly.

Vaccines for babies

You will usually be offered vaccines for your baby from your GP (family doctor) until they are 13 months, as part of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule. You can also get your baby vaccinated in hospitals and health clinics.

You should make sure your baby gets their vaccinations on time, or as soon as possible after they are due. If your baby is due to have a routine vaccination, you should phone your GP to arrange it.

Read more information about vaccines available for your baby (pdf).

Vaccines at school

When your child starts school, they can get more vaccinations under the School Immunisation Programme.

During winter, you can usually get the flu vaccine for your child if they are aged from 2 to 17. The flu vaccine for children is given by nasal spray rather than injection.

Your child's vaccines and when to get them

Childhood immunisation schedule
Age Where Vaccine
2 months GP

1.  6 in1 (diphtheriatetanuswhooping cough (pertussis)polioHib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) and Hepatitis B provided in one single injection)

2. PCV vaccines against pneumococcal disease

3.  Meningococcal B vaccine

4. Oral vaccine to prevent rotavirus disease

4 months GP

1.  6 in1 (diphtheriatetanuswhooping cough (pertussis)polioHib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) and Hepatitis B provided in one single injection)

2.  Meningococcal B vaccine

3. Oral vaccine to prevent rotavirus disease

6 months GP

1.   6 in1 (diphtheriatetanuswhooping cough (pertussis)polioHib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B) and Hepatitis B provided in one single injection)

2. PCV vaccines against pneumococcal disease,

3.  Meningococcal C vaccine

12 months GP 1. MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine

2. Vaccine against Meningococcal B

13 months GP

1. Vaccines against Meningococcal C, Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B)

2. PCV vaccine (protects against Pneumococcal Disease)

2-17 years

GP or pharmacy

Nasal flu vaccine


4–5 years GP or school

1. 4 in 1 (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio)

2. MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine (second dose)

11–14 years

1st year in second-level schools


1. Tdap (tetanus and low-dose diphtheria) booster

2. Meningococcal ACWY booster

3. HPV (Human Papillomavirus Virus) vaccine (3 doses)

Vaccine catch-up program

If you or your child missed certain vaccines when they were offered, the HSE can sometimes provide these vaccines later in life. Catch-up programs are often only available to certain age groups and during a specific time period.

MMR catch-up program

Your child will usually be offered the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella ) vaccine when they are 12 months old, followed by a second dose when they are aged 4-5 years old in junior infants.

Usually, children can get the MMR until they are aged under 10 years but currently, your GP can offer a vaccine at any age if you or your child has missed the MMR vaccine. This is known as the MMR catch-up program.

Adults born in Ireland before 1978 are likely to have had measles infection and so would not need to get the MMR vaccination.

HPV catch-up program

The HPV catch-up program ended on 31 December 2023.

Read more about the HPV vaccine on the HSE website

More information

You can get information about all immunisations from your GP, public health nurse or Local Health Office.

The HSE's National Immunisation Office website and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) have produced useful factsheets on immunisations for parents. These factsheets are available in several languages.

Page edited: 4 March 2024