There has been a lot of media attention on the Meningitis B vaccine recently and we know that many parents wish to have their children to be vaccinated against Meningitis B.
The UK Childhood Vaccination Programme has included the Men B from September 2015. We wish to reassure patients that there is sufficient vaccine availability for this programme.
At this time the NHS does not have a programme in place for older children. We have been clearly instructed by NHS England that we cannot give our stock of this vaccine to children outside of the NHS Vaccination Programme. We are also not allowed to provide this vaccine to our registered patients on a private (chargeable) basis.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) the company who manufacture the Bexsero vaccine have released this statement:
“Due to unexpected global demand for Bexsero during 2015, we are experiencing supply constraints during the fist half of this year. Although vaccination through the NHS childhood programme has been prioritised and is unaffected, we have unfortunately had to ask private clinics temporarily to not start new courses of vaccination. Children who have already started their course of the vaccine privately should still be able receive their follow up doses. We know the unexpectedly high demand for the vaccine reflects the importance parents have placed on protecting their children from meningitis B. We hope to have improving supply for Summer 2016 and we are working hard to increase capacity in 2017.”
If you would like further information please go to: http://www.meningitis.org/menb-vaccine