Public Health England has published information for healthcare professionals about the introduction of immunisation against meningococcal B disease for infants aged from 2 months with effect from September 2015.
The aim of the vaccination (Bexsero®) is to reduce the burden and severity of invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis capsular B in the UK by protecting those at increased risk of disease. Starting on the 1st September 2015 all infants born on or after the 1 July 2015 will be eligible for the meningococcal B vaccine which will be administered together with the other primary immunisations at 2 months, 4 months and 12 months. There will also be a catch-up programme for infants born from 1st May 2015 to the 30th June 2015.
Action: Clinicians should be aware of these changes to the national vaccination programme. Anyone involved with the delivery of the vaccination programme should ensure they familiar with the new vaccine and the proposed catch-up programme.