Meningococcal B vaccination programme for babies age 12 months and under at 2016
From September 1st 2015 the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that all babies, in the UK, receive a new Meningitis B vaccination as part of the UK routine primary immunisation programme.
There will be only two age groups of babies eligible for the new Meningitis B vaccination.
All babies born on or after 1st July 2015 will be eligible for the meningococcal B vaccine at 2 months, 4 months and 12 months.
Only babies born from 1st May 2016 to 30th June 2016 will be offered vaccination when they attend for their remaining primary immunisation appointments, as follows;
If due 2nd routine primary immunisation appointment after 1st September 2015 the schedule will be;
Meningitis B vaccination given at 3 months, 4 months & 12 months.
If due 3rd routine primary immunisation appointment after 1st September 2015 the schedule will be;
Meningitis B vaccination given at 4 months & 12 months.
Why are babies only in these age groups being vaccinated?
Meningococcal disease can affect all age groups but the highest rates of disease are seen in the 1st year of a baby’s life.
Cases if invasive meningococcal disease increases from birth and peak at around 5 months of age before gradually declining over subsequent months.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI) are prioritising immunising babies from 2 months of age with the aim of providing optimal protection as early as possible and before the peak rise in disease at around 5 months of age.
Smallfield surgery, from September 1st 2015, will be providing this new vaccination programme.
We will be able to discuss and queries you have during your baby’s 1st primary immunization appointment.
For further information:
Meningitis ACWY vaccination for 1st time university entrants & adolescents
From 1st August 2015 Public Health England recommend that a new Meningitis ACWY vaccine be offered, by GP surgeries, to all first- time university entrants (up to the age of 25 years) and to all adolescents aged 17-18 years as a catch up programme from 1st August 2015 until 31st March 2016.
From 1st September 2015 all adolescents aged 13-15 years will be offered the vaccination, by the school nursing teams, as part of the school based vaccination programme. The vaccine will replace the Meningitis C vaccine offered to adolescents around 14 years of age.
The school nursing teams will be providing further catch-up programmes, commencing January 2016, for adolescents aged 15 to 16 years and, at a later date, for students in year 11 & 12 for when they reach year 13.
About meningococcal disease
In England Meningitis W disease has been increasing year-on-year since 2009. Cases of meningococcal disease overall has been in decline since 2000 but cases of group W were first seen, in previously healthy adults during 2009. Meningococcus colonises or lives in the nose and throat of humans. Upto 25% of adolescents carry the bacteria. Transmission of the disease is by person to person from respiratory droplets or direct close contact with respiratory secretions of someone who is carrying the bacteria. Spread can be through close household contact and/or direct intimate “wet kissing”. It is estimated that ¼ of people diagnosed with meningococcal disease caused by a specific bacteria will suffer complications as a result. Complications include vision loss, memory loss, concentration/coordination/balance difficulties, epilepsy, limb amputations and may also result in death.
The meningitis ACWY vaccination is a very effective vaccination and recommended for the “at risk” groups of adolescents & adults highlighted above.
In the UK there are two types of Meningitis ACWY vaccination available; Menveo and Nimenrix.
Both vaccines are given into the deltoid muscle which is in the upper arm. The vaccination is not painful, it is very quick and easy to give and can be given with other routine adolescent vaccinations.
How do I get the Meningitis ACWY vaccination?
If you are going to University as a first- time entrant (up to the age of 25 years) please call the surgery to book an appointment.
First time university entrants aged less than 25 years, previously vaccinated with Meningitis ACWY conjugate vaccine, at aged 10 years or over, will not need to have an additional dose of the vaccine.
Please note that if you are a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year university entrant you will not be eligble for the vaccination as you should have already built up your own immunity against the disease.
If you are aged 17-18 years please call the surgery to book an appointment for your Meningitis ACWY vaccination AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as we can only vaccinate you from 1st August 2015 until 31st March 2016.
School nursing teams vaccination programme
From 1st September 2015 all adolescents aged 13-15 years will be offered the vaccination by the school nursing team. Please do not call the surgery to book your vaccination as it needs to be given by the school nursing team only.
The school nursing team will provide a further catch-up programme, commencing January 2016, for adolescents aged 15 to 16 years and, at a later date, for students in year 11 & 12 for when they reach year 13. Again please do not call the surgery to book your vaccination as it needs to be given by the school nursing team only.
Smallfieled surgery will only have enough vaccinations for adolescents aged 17-18 years and first-time entrants to university (up to age 25 years).