Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (524)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin


524. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if the Health Service Executive has given a vaccine for meningitis B to any persons since it was approved in January 2013. [14822/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The immunisation programme in Ireland is based on the advice of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC). The NIAC is a committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland comprising of experts in a number of specialties including infectious diseases, paediatrics and public health.

NIAC has not made any recommendation in relation to the use of Meningitis B vaccine in the primary childhood immunisation programme in Ireland. However NIAC has issued guidance in relation to the use of the Meningitis B vaccine in the control of clusters or outbreaks of Meningococcal B disease.

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for a direct reply.