The meningitis B vaccine is the latest addition to the childhood vaccination schedule. All under 2s will now receive the vaccine, but older children can have the shot too through our private GP service in Chelsea. Here is what you need to know about getting the meningitis B vaccine.
Who Should Have the Meningitis B Vaccine?
Meningitis is a viral or bacterial infection that affects the tissue around the brain and spinal cord. It comes in several different forms, including meningitis B, and the effects can be serious. Meningitis can cause brain damage, deafness, and septicaemia. In some cases, meningitis can be fatal.
Vaccines are available for several forms of meningitis and they are given throughout the childhood vaccination programme. The vaccines can protect those at highest risk of different forms of meningitis, including babies, toddlers and teenagers who are about to leave for university. The latest addition to the vaccination schedule is the meningitis B vaccine, which is now given to all babies at 2, 4 and 12 months. The vaccine is given at these times to ensure that babies in the highest risk group are protected.
However, older children can still be affected by meningitis B, although the risk is lower. If your child is between the ages of 2 and 21, you might therefore want to consider visiting our private GP clinic in Chelsea. The doctors can advise you on which meningitis vaccinations are right for your child and provide the meningitis B vaccine if required.
Where Can You Get the Meningitis B Vaccine?
The meningitis B vaccine is available to all babies who were born after July 1st 2015. You can get the vaccination through the NHS or at a private clinic if your baby was born after this date. However, older children can only get the vaccine through a private GP like the Womens Wellness Centre in Chelsea.