Meningitis B vaccination programme

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Babies will be routinely immunised against Meningitis B from 1 September 2015 as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

The Men B vaccine protects against infection by meningococcal group B bacteria which are responsible for more than 90% of meningococcal infections in young children.

Meningococcal infections can be very serious, causing meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can lead to severe brain damage, amputations and in some cases death.

The vaccination will be offered to babies at 2 months, followed by two booster shots – one at 4 months and the second at 12 months. The Men B vaccination is given alongside a number of other routine vaccinations. The vaccine will also be offered to babies who are due their 3 and 4 months vaccinations this September.

It has been observed that babies who receive the Men B vaccine along with their other vaccinations at 2 and 4 months are more susceptible to fever within 24 hours of the injection. The fever shows that the vaccination is working, although if no fever develops this does not mean that the vaccine has not worked.

If your baby shows signs of fever following the Men B vaccination you can give your baby infant paracetamol. Your nurse will advise you about this at your appointment.

You can read more about the Meningitis B vaccination here and find out more information about treating your baby with infant paracetamol here.