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Meningitis B vaccine update

0-4 years old
 

We are currently receiving a lot of enquiries regarding the availability of the Meningitis B (Bexsero) vaccine.

Our health insurance is designed to cover medical conditions that you’re experiencing at the moment, so it doesn’t cover preventive treatment such as vaccinations. However, we have provided guidance for concerned parents below, and our team of experts, including pharmacists, midwives and nurses, are also available to answer your questions

What is Meningitis B?

Meningitis B is a bacterial infection. There are 12 identified Meningococcal groups, A, B, C, E, H, I, K, L, W, X, Y, and Z, so far. Groups B, C, W and Y were historically the most common in the UK. 

Bexsero (Meningitis B) vaccine has been recently introduced. It protects against infection by meningococcal group B bacteria only. It will not protect against other groups of the meningococcal strains. Further information is available on the NHS Choices website, along with other information on meningitis (including non-meningococcal types).  

Vaccine availability

The Meningitis B vaccine is now freely available both on the NHS and through Private clinics.

  • In the UK the meningitis B vaccine is being offered to babies born on or after 1 July 2015 as part of the routine immunisation schedule.
  • It is offered to babies at 2 months and 4 months with a booster at 12 months.
  • In Ireland, from December 2016 babies will be offered the Meningitis B vaccine as part of the Primary Childhood immunisation schedule.
  • The vaccine is available free of charge to people in the UK and Ireland with medical conditions that increase their risk of the disease.
  • The vaccine can be purchased privately in the UK and Ireland, so people who are not currently eligible for the vaccine on the NHS can get it if they pay for it.

More information about the vaccine can be found here:

Meningitis B vaccine - NHS

Meningitis - NHS Factsheet

Further reading

0-4 year vaccinations - AXA PPP

Vaccine information

Frequently asked questions - Meningitis Now

Immunisation: price per dose - Masta Travel Health

Members and their families can call our free, 24-hour Health at Hand advice service


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