A mass immunisation programme that will provide jabs free of charge for a range of diseases affecting the young and old will be introduced this year by the Department of Health.
Speaking to Daybreak, Dr Hilary said: "These are vaccinations which have been used in different parts of the world, proven their safety record and offers really good protection for the future."
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