Family Friendly HQ uses cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you relevant advertising. Your privacy is important to us. To find out more, read our updated Cookie and Privacy Policy.
Home
Family Blog
Parents Face Paying €280 To Protect Their Child From Meningitis

Parents Face Paying €280 To Protect Their Child From Meningitis

Parents Face Paying €280 To Protect Their Child From Meningitis
There are calls for the HSE to make the vaccine which protects against the B strain of meningitis free to older children. At the moment, parents of children born before 2016 face paying €280 per child for two shots to protect them from the deadly disease.

The vaccine was rolled out in 2016 and only applies to children born since October of that year.
 
Older children missed out as the HSE did not provide a catch up and now parents must pay to have the shots done privately if they want to protect their kids.
Earlier this week, the HSE issued a statement following the deaths of three people from meningitis.
 
Worryingly, there were 11 cases diagnosed between the last week of December and the first week of January. This is up by six people from the same period last year.
 
Fianna Fail TD John Brassil took to his Facebook page to highlight the need to make the vaccine free for all. 
 
 
Commenting in the wake of the three deaths, Mr Brassil said that the cost of €280 per child could be prohibitive to many.
 
“It could also be life-threatening,” John said.
 
Urging the HSE to make the vaccine free for all, he wrote: "We need to examine what we can do to make it free for all children.
 
"The HSE must urgently consider providing it free to children in areas at risk."

"It’s also critical that the HSE moves to boost the take up rates for all meningitis vaccines as it has fallen slightly in recent year."
"These vaccines save lives and it is important that all our children get them. A more proactive approach is needed from Government given three deaths in the past three weeks.”