Meningitis B

We provide Men B vaccination (meningitis B) for children over 2 months of age and adults. 3 doses required for children 2-23 months of age and 2 doses for individuals 2 years of age and above. See here the package leaflet: Information

What is the Men B vaccine?

Meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal group B bacteria can affect people of any age, but is most common in babies and young children. Men B vaccine was added to the NHS childhood immunisation programme in 1st September 2015. This new programme made England the first country in the world to offer a national and publicly funded Men B vaccination programme.

Those born before 1 May 2015 are not eligible to receive the Men B vaccine as part of the routine immunisation schedule on the NHS.

Parents whose children are not eligible to receive this vaccine as part of the NHS national programme, can get their child to be immunised with the Men B vaccine privately.

Men B vaccine is given to individuals from 2 months of age and older. There are no data on the use of this vaccine in adults above 50 years of age.

For more information see FAQs about the MenB vaccine from Meningitis Now.

Is the Men B vaccine safe?

The Men B vaccine was licensed by the European Medicines Agency in January 2013 and all vaccines are extensively tested for safety and effectiveness before being licensed. This vaccine has been through ten years of trials in the laboratory and among volunteers. Although the vaccine is not used routinely anywhere else in the world, over a million doses have been given in over 35 countries worldwide, with no safety concerns identified.

Many babies have no side effects at all after having the Men B vaccine, and in those that do, any side effects tend to be mild and short-lived. Read more about possible Men B vaccine side effects.

Will the Men B vaccine offer total protection against meningitis to my child?

There are many different Men B strains. This vaccine has been developed to offer protection against as many as possible. Once it has been in use for some time, it will be possible to calculate the coverage and continue with vaccine research to improve the protection it gives. Other vaccines exist to protect against other types of meningitis and septicaemia, however, there is no vaccine to protect against all types, so remaining vigilant is vital. Learn the signs and symptoms today.

Can the Men B vaccine actually cause meningitis?

No, the vaccine cannot cause meningitis.

Can the Men B vaccine be given at the same time as other vaccines?

Yes, Men B vaccine can be given at the same time, or at any time before or after, as any other vaccines including Men ACWY and chickenpox.

Scientific studies have shown that vaccines do not overload a child’s immune system.

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