What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges).
It can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.
Meningitis can be very serious if not treated quickly.
Menigitis B Vaccine
The meningitis B vaccine is a vaccine that offers protection against meningococcal group B bacteria, which are a common cause of meningitis in young children in the UK.
The vaccine is being offered to any child over the age of 2 years old, who have not received this as part of the immunisation programme.
The course consists of two doses. 8 weeks apart.
The cost per dose is £120.00 (total course cost £280.00).
Boosters aren’t currently recommended.
How it is given:
An injection, usually given as a single injection into your upper arm.
The vaccine can cause a range of mild side effects, such as pain, swelling or redness where the injection was given, tiredness, crying and irritability
The Meningitis B can be given to children aged 2 and over, if they have not received this as part of the immunisation programme. .