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Meningitis B Vaccination

New vaccination schedules from 1st August 2015

Meningococcal B vaccination programme for babies age 12 months and under at 2015

From September 1st 2015 the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that all babies, in the UK, receive a new Meningitis B vaccination as part of the UK routine primary immunisation programme.

There will be only two age groups of babies eligible for the new Meningitis B vaccination.

Catch-up cohort

Only babies born from 1st May 2015 to 30th June 2015 will be offered vaccination when they attend for their remaining primary immunisation appointments, as follows;

If due 2nd routine primary immunisation appointment after 1st September 2015 the schedule will be;

Meningitis B vaccination given at 3 months, 4 months & 12 months.

If due 3rd routine primary immunisation appointment after 1st September 2015 the schedule will be;

Meningitis B vaccination given at 4 months & 12 months.

Routine cohort

All babies born on or after 1st July 2015 will be eligible for the meningococcal B vaccine at 2 months, 4 months and 12 months.

Why are babies only in these age groups being vaccinated?

Meningococcal disease can affect all age groups but the highest rates of disease are seen in the 1st year of a baby’s life.

Cases if invasive meningococcal disease increases from birth and peak at around 5 months of age before gradually declining over subsequent months.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI) are prioritising immunising babies from 2 months of age with the aim of providing optimal protection as early as possible and before the peak rise in disease at around 5 months of age.

We will be able to discuss and queries you have during your baby’s 1st primary immunisation appointment.

For further information:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/meningitis-B-vaccine.aspx

Meningitis ACWY vaccination for 1st time university entrants & adolescents

From 1st August 2015 Public Health England recommend that a new Meningitis ACWY vaccine be offered, by GP surgeries, to all first- time university entrants (up to the age of 25 years) and to all adolescents aged 17-18 years as a catch up programme from 1st August 2015 until 31st March 2016.

From 1st September 2015 all adolescents aged 13-15 years will be offered the vaccination, by the school nursing teams, as part of the school based vaccination programme. The vaccine will replace the Meningitis C vaccine offered to adolescents around 14 years of age.

The school nursing teams will be providing further catch-up programmes, commencing January 2016, for adolescents aged 15 to 16 years and, at a later date, for students in year 11 & 12 for when they reach year 13.

For more information about Meningitis and the signs, please visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/meningitis/pages/introduction.aspx 



 
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