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Meningococcal disease is a term used to describe two major illnesses – meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Meningitis B is the most common bacterial strain causing meningococcal disease in the UK.
It's predicted that the Meningitis B vaccine protects against almost nine in every 10 types of meningococcal group B bacteria circulating in the UK.
Meningitis can affect anybody. It’s most common in children, teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 24. That’s because these groups tend to socialise more at school and universities, which leads to the spreading of bacteria.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is a serious infection which causes the lining around the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed. It’s usually caused by bacteria or a virus and can be spread through sneezing, coughing and kissing
Meningococcal bacteria are the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK and can lead to meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia). There are five main groups. Meningococcal group B (Men B) is the most common, accounting for over 54% of reported cases of meningococcal meningitis.
Every case of meningitis is different, but it can develop very quickly, so it’s important to recognise the signs and symptoms
Who is the service suitable for?
The service is for adults and children aged two and over. Our pharmacist will check suitability during your consultation. Speak to your GP about the vaccination if your child is under 24 months.
The NHS have offered a Meningitis B vaccination as part of the routine childhood immunisations programme in the UK since 2015. Those children and adults who fall outside of the NHS age range may consider having the vaccination privately.
Our Meningitis B vaccination service doesn't replace the need for the free NHS Men ACWY vaccination currently offered to teenagers – Meningitis B isn't included. Speak to our Pharmacist for more information.