A new vaccine to prevent meningitis will be offered to babies as part of the routine NHS childhood vaccination programme from September 1st 2015.
The Men B vaccine will be offered to babies aged 2 months, followed by a second does 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 and septicaemia (blood poisoning), which are serious and potentially fatal illnesses.
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.
Riverside Health Centre will automatically send you an appointment for you to bring your baby for their Men B vaccination alongside their other routine vaccinations.