The Meningitis B Vaccine

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The Meningitis B Vaccine

[Originally written August 2015]

In response to the recent media coverage on Meningitis, Your Private GP Service wanted to provide some information to parents about the Meningitis B vaccine.

Meningitis is a disease which causes the layer covering the brain and spinal cord to become infected and swollen. It can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning) which is a very dangerous illness.

Meningitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses and fungal organisms. Six different kinds of bacterial meningitis: A, B, C, W, X, and Y collectively cause the most disease. Meningitis C was the most common until routine vaccinating of children, with the Men C vaccine, reduced cases to just a handful each year. Currently, there are approximately 1700 cases of Meningitis B each year in the UK, making it the most common type of meningococcal disease.

It is estimated that about 3,200 people get bacterial meningitis and associated septicaemia in the UK each year. People of any age can develop the disease, but infants and teenagers are particularly susceptible.

The single most effective way to prevent meningitis is to vaccinate. The Meningitis B vaccine was licensed for use in Europe in January 2013. Last year, the UK Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation recommended the vaccine for routine use and vaccination of babies in the NHS is proposed to start in September this year. However, the NHS will only be vaccinating babies. If your child is aged over 4 months at the start of the programme, they will not be eligible and there is no catch-up program currently planned. The Meningitis B vaccine is available privately though, for those who wish to vaccinate their children.

If you wish to discuss vaccinating your child, or to book an appointment, please contact us on 01372 840 830. More information about meningitis can be found at www.meningitis.org

UPDATE 18th February:
Due to unprecedented demand and a lack of new vaccine stock, Clock House Healthcare no longer have any vaccine available for patients to start the meningitis B vaccination course. All remaining stock is reserved for patients who have already booked appointments.

Our website will be updated as soon as we have any new information.

Clock House are not operating a waiting list

4 Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey KT18 7LX
Tel: 01372 840 830
http://www.clockhouse.org

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