Meningitis B Vaccination
Meningitis B Vaccination is available now, at Your Doctor Tring & Wexham Clinics.
What is Meningitis B, and why should I have my child or teenager vaccinated?
Meningitis B affects 2000 children per year in the UK. 1 in 10 cases are fatal within 24 hours, and 1 in three affected children suffer a permanent disability.
The peak incidence of having Meningitis B is from infancy through to college/university age. Meningitis B can spread quickly among groups of people living in close proximity, such as university halls of residence. The Meningitis B vaccine protects against the bacteria Neisseria meningitides group B.
Where is the injection site?
The injection is given in the thigh for babies, and the upper arm for children and teenagers.
Are there any side effects?
Like all vaccines, the Meningitis B vaccination can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The most common side effects are:
- Pain/tenderness at the injection site
- Redness or bruising of the skin at the injection site
- Swelling at the injection site
- Fever for 24-48 hours
Is the Meningitis B vaccine available via the NHS?
The NHS started offering the vaccine to newborn babies from September 2015. Unfortunately there is no programme to cover children born before this date.
How much does the Meningitis B vaccine cost?
The cost for Your Doctor pay-as-you-go patients is £180 per dose. Your Doctor members receive a discount off the vaccination.
How many doses are required?
Dosage requirements vary depending on age. Most Meningitis B vaccination courses consist of two doses (three doses for infants aged 2-5 months at the start of the course) followed by a booster dose. Please contact us for full dosage requirements for your child.
Meningitis B Vaccinations are available at both of our clinics:
Your Doctor Wexham: Park Hall Clinic, Wexham Park Hall, Wexham Street, Bucks SL3 6NB.
Your Doctor Tring: Health & Wellbeing Centre, Champneys Tring, Chesham Road, Wigginton, Herts, HP23 6HY.
Contact us to book your appointment, or to ask about our other services.