A new vaccine to prevent meningitis (extract from NHS choices website)
This vaccine will be offered to babies as part of the routine NHSchildhood vaccination programme from September the 1st 2015.
The Men B vaccine will be offered to babies aged 2 months, followed by a second dose at 4 months, and a booster at 12 months. There will also be a temporary catch-up programme for babies who are due their 3- and 4-month vaccinations in September 2015, to protect them when they are most at risk from infection.
The Men B vaccine will protect your baby against infection by meningococcal group B bacteria, which can cause meningitis andsepticaemia (blood poisoning), which are serious and potentially fatal illnesses.
Meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal group B bacteria can affect people of any age, but is most common in babies and young children.
The new programme makes England the first country in the world to offer a national, routine and publicly funded Men B vaccination programme.
Which babies should have the Men B vaccine?
The Men B vaccine will be offered to babies alongside their other routine vaccinations at:
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 12 months
The vaccine has the brand name Bexsero, and is given as a single injection into the baby’s thigh.
Men ACWY vaccine (extract from NHS choices website)
Young teenagers, sixth formers and ‘fresher’ students going to university for the first time are now routinely offered a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.
The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.
All 17- and 18-year-olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 are eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme.
How do you get the vaccine?
GP practices will automatically send letters inviting 17-and 18-year-olds in school year 13 to have the Men ACWY vaccine.
Students going away to university or college for the first time as freshers should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of the academic year. Students in their second year or above of university do not need the vaccine and are not included in this programme.