Meningitis B

What is Meningitis B?

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In the UK every year there are approximately 1,500 reported cases of meningococcal disease making it the most common cause of bacterial meningitis. The group B strain has accounted for over 80% of laboratory-confirmed cases in the last century. The meningitis B vaccination could provide protection for up 88% of infection strains in England and Wales. 

You will need either two or three doses, depending on your age. Most infants and children over the age of  6 months will need two doses. (The cost shown is per dose).

The vaccination is suitable for patients aged between 2 months and 50 years old. It does not contain any live organisms.  In some there may be soreness at the site of the injection for 1-2 days after. Others have reported experiencing a high temperature as a result of being vaccinated, but these side effects are short term and should pass swiftly. 

Children under the age of one should be able to receive the vaccination free from the NHS, so please consult your GP if you believe your child is eligible.
Meningococcal meningitis is caused by bacteria easily passed from person to person by coughing, sneezing and intimately kissing. If the bacteria passes into the bloodstream it quickly multiplies and releases toxins that can cause widespread damage to the body. 

Blood vessels are damaged preventing the vital flow of oxygen to all organs of the body. Damage to the lining of the brain can lead to the infection of the cerebrospinal fluid and the inflammation and pressure around the brain can lead to nerve damage.
Bacterial meningitis can be treated with an antibiotic. It is vital to seek early treatment to prevent possible irreparable damage to the brain and further severe symptoms. If you think that you, or someone you know, is displaying symptoms of meningitis seek medical help immediately at your nearest hospital. The meningitis B vaccination does not provide cover for types A,C,W and Y but these can be administered by a separate vaccination.

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