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Meningitis B Vaccine for £150 pd
Your questions answered:
Meningitis B is a serious and potentially fatal infection that causes inflammation of the linings of the brain. It can be caused by either bacterial or viral infections and transmission is thought to occur due to respiratory droplets or via close physical contact.
Symptoms can appear suddenly and include:
- muscle and joint pain,
- neck pain or stiffness,
- photo-phobia (sensitivity to bright light),
- sleepiness, confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness.
The bacterial infection is associated with a characteristic purple (purpuric) rash.
There are currently two vaccine available: ACWY and B (a recently developed vaccine).
The Meningitis B Vaccine is a newly developed and FDA approved vaccine against the Meningitis B Strain. In recent months, Meningitis B has received a large amount of coverage in the news.
The current situation:
You may be aware that the NHS currently offers it as part of the routine vaccine schedule for children. It is not available on the NHS for children that do not meet the required age range. However, Bexsero is available in the Private Healthcare Sector to all children, and adults, from two months of age.
Recently there had been a shortage of this vaccine due to the high demand. However, we are pleased to say that this shortage as now been resolved and the restriction lifted. As a result, we can now supply the vaccine for infants/children that do not qualify with the NHS age requirements but are wanting to start the course privately. We are taking bookings as normal.
Commonly asked questions:
Who are most at risk?
For Meningitis B children under the age of five are most at risk.
How old to you have to be to have the vaccine?
The Men B vaccine can be given to those aged 2 months and above.
How long does immunity last for?
As there are many different strains of Meningitis, it is currently not possible to be vaccination against them all. However, the vaccines that we provide offer the best protection that is presently available.
Immunity for Men B is thought to be life long. The information below shows the vaccination schedule according to age.
- Infants aged up to 5 months of age require three primary doses, 1 month apart, with another single booster dose between 12 and 15 months of age.
- Children aged 5 months to 2 years require two primary doses, two months apart, with a single booster dose in their second year of life.
- Those aged 2 years and above require a total of two doses, two months apart.
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Patient information leaflet: http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/28408