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Conjugate meningococcal group C vaccination programmes in the EU, as at October 2007

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Countries with routine vaccination

CountryRoutine scheduleYear introducedCatch-upYear undertaken
Belgium1. Wallonie12 months20021 year - 6 years2002
2. Flanders12 months20021 years - 3 years
1 year - 6 years and 14 years - 17 years
10 years - 14 years
7 years - 9 years
2001
2002
2003
2004
Germany12 - 23 months2006No formal catch-up campaign, general recommendation to complete all outstanding vaccinations, including MenC, in older children
Iceland6 and 8 months20026 months - 19 yearsOctober 2002 - Octobert 2003
Ireland2, 4 and 6 months2000<23 yearsOctober 2000 - March 2002
Netherlands14 months20021 year - 18 yearsJune 2002 - November 2002
Portugal*3, 5 and 15 months2006<10 years
10 years - 18 years
January - December 2006
January - December 2007
Spain2, 4 and 6 months20007 months - 19 years
15 out of 19 Spanish regions
2001 - 2004
UK2, 3 and 4 months1999 to 2006<18 years
19 years - 25 years
November 1999 - 2000
December 2001 - 2002
3, 4 and about 12 monthsSept 2006
* The Portuguese National Immunisation Programme was introduced in 2004 with the current recommendation, though for logistical reasons routine MenC vaccination was not implemented until 2006; before 2004, the recommended schedule was 3, 5 and 7 months, and the vaccine was given on prescription of family doctors or private paediatricians

Countries with selective or voluntary vaccination

CountryGiven toYear introduced
TravellersContacts of casesOutbreak controlUnderlying conditionsOther
Czech RepublicYesYesYesYesOn request2001
Greece    Given by private paediatricians, targeted at <14 years2001
Hungary    Children at request of parents 
Italy   Yes 2006
NorwayYesOf serogroup C cases    
Poland Yes~Yes~ Generally recommended~ 
Sweden  Yes Given rarely 
SwitzerlandYesYesYesYesMilitary recruits, exposed laboratory workers2001
~ In practice the vaccine is rarely requested, partly due to the fact that the vaccine is neither free nor partially subsided

Countries using vaccination rarely or not at all

Austria
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
Latvia
Malta
Slovak Republic


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