The revolutionary Meningitis B jab, called Bexsero, can be administered to children from the age of 2 months and is not currently available through the NHS. In the UK, Meningitis B is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis and kills more children under 5 than any other infectious disease.
Bexsero costs £126 per dose with the total number of doses required dependent on the age of the person being vaccinated (children between 6 months and 2 years require 3 doses, and children over 2 years and adults require 2 doses). We vaccinate adults and children from the age of 1.
The first UK dose of the vaccine was administered at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth to the young children of Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Nelly Ninis.
Dr Ninis said “As a paediatrician I have witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by MenB and as a mother of young children I support all efforts to control this disease. Whilst widespread reduction of the disease can only be achieved through universal vaccination, I encourage parents to speak to their GP about meningitis and the preventative options that are available.”
Anyone can get the strain, with 1 in 10 people affected dying and 1 in 3 survivors suffering life-changing after-effects such as limb loss, brain damage and epilepsy.
For more information on the vaccine, visit Meningitis Research Foundation’s website meningitis.org.
Walk in vaccinations are available 7 days a week via our urgent care centre, Casualty First.
You can also book an appointment via our Outpatient Department on 020 7806 4060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.