General Paediatrics, Asthma and Allergy

Dr John Chapman   FRCPCH
  Consultant Paediatrician (NHS & Private)

Making sick children better.

Meningococcal B Vaccination

Several parents have asked me about the NEW Meningitis B vaccination, Bexsero.


You may have heard about it in the news. There was a delay in its introduction while the Government wrangled with the drug company about its price. It has been added into the standard childhood vaccination program a few months ago with only a limited catch-up program for slightly older children.

 

The parents who have approached me have children who are too old to get the vaccine on the NHS but they recognise the value of this vaccination and they want their children to have it.


I have made an agreement with the Acle Medical Centre and their on-site Pharmacy. They are willing to stock the vaccine and dispense it on a Private prescription for administration by me at my Private Clinic. The vaccine must be kept between 2-8'C, so a centre with an on-site pharmacy is ideal.


If you would like to know more and perhaps protect you little one with this vaccine then you have come to the right place.

The vaccine protects against the bacteria known as Meningococcus B. Men B can cause severe bacterial meningitis (inflammation around the brain and spine) and also septicaemia, or blood poisoning, which is actually even worse. Men B is currently the leading cause of Meningitis and septicaemia as many of the other bacteria which can cause this are already vaccinated against such as HIb, Men C and Pneumococcus.

I have seen lots of children with meningitis and septicaemia. I would rather not see any more!

Men B Vaccination is now in the standard routine baby immunisation schedule. When offered it you should accept it! Children under the age of 2 years need three doses but older children (2 years and upwards) only need two

There is only a limited catch up programme so children born before 2015 will not be routinely offered this vaccine.