Free jabs for young and old

The Department of Health has announced a mass immunisation programme that will provide jabs free of charge for a range of diseases affecting the young and old.

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Health Department launches mass vaccination drive

The Department of Health is today announcing a mass immunisation scheme that will offer vaccines free of charge for a range of diseases affecting the young and old.

The mass vaccinations drive will affect people aged from just a few months up to 79 Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The programme of vaccinations will target shingles among those over the age of 70, flu amongst those aged between 2 and 17, and rotavirus in under-fives.

Professor David Salisbury, director of immunisation at the department, said: "We already have a world class vaccination programme in place, which saves millions of lives each year, so I'm pleased that we will be able to protect even more people".

"By offering new vaccines to two groups at the opposite end of the age scale, we can protect our most vulnerable against potentially harmful diseases."

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