Infant & Child Health
Under 6s GP Visit Card
All children under 6 years of age living in Ireland can get a GP visit card.
The under 6s GP visit card covers:
- free GP visits
- assessments at age 2 and 5
- GP home visits
- out-of-hours urgent GP care
- care for children with asthma
Medication costs and hospital charges are not covered.
Click here to register your child for an Under 6 GP Visit Card.
To register your child you need to provide your:
- PPS number
- child's PPS number
- GP's name
Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule
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.
Click the images to the right to download a copy of the immunisation schedule and a guide for parents on your child's immunisations.
Click here for more information on the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule.
School Vaccine Programme
There are 3 vaccines offered to children in their first year of secondary school to protect them from infectious diseases.
These are the:
All the vaccines given in the schools' immunisation programme are free.
Click here for information on the School Programme.
Click here for further information on Immunisations.
HPV Vaccines for Girls & Boys
The HPV vaccine has been offered to girls in their first year of secondary school since 2010. This is because the most common cancer caused by the HPV virus is cervical cancer which only affects women.
From September 2019, boys will also be offered the HPV vaccine. This is because HPV can cause cancers and genital warts in boys too.
The more young people vaccinated - both boys and girls - the better we can control the spread of the infection.
Conditions Caused by HPV Infection
In girls, HPV infection can cause cancer of the:
- vulva (the area surrounding the opening of the vagina)
- head and neck
In boys, HPV infection can cause cancer of the:
- head and neck
HPV infection can also cause genital warts in both girls and boys.
HPV Facts and information about the HPV programme.
Why, how and when is the vaccination given and what are the side effects.
Some of the child health information available on www.hse.ie
- mychild.ie - guide to pregnancy, baby and toddler health
- Child Safety
- Caring for your Baby
- Newborn Screening
- Vitamin D
- Healthy Eating
- Infant and Child Growth
- The Nurture Programme - Infant Health & Wellbeing
- GP Under-6 Card
- Maternity and Infant scheme
Please be advised that we do not take any responsibility for the content of the websites or documents referenced on this page, or information that you may receive from them. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP.
A Guide to Healthy Eating
The aim of this cookery book is to provide easy-to-prepare,low-budget, yet highly nutritious meals. It also contains useful tips on shopping, home freezing and food safety. Hopefully this will result in healthier, more balanced diets for families and individuals and a reduction in their food bills.
In this edition, you will find sections on: A guide to Healthy Eating, Keep a Well Stocked Food Cupboard and Cooking for One. There is also a new section, which provides a practical guide and creative ideas on healthy eating for young people.