Meningitis B vaccine offered to all babies from September


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Meningitis B vaccine offered to all babies from September

Date: 22/06/2015

All newborn babies in England and Scotland are to be offered a vaccine to combat meningitis B from September, the government has announced.

The Men B vaccine will be given to babies at two months, four months and 12 months old.

The scheme, which has been delayed by cost disputes, is the first national and publicly-funded programme against the deadly infection in the world.

Meningitis charities said the move would "save lives" straight away.

From August, another meningitis vaccine - Men ACWY - will be offered to 17 and 18-year-olds and students starting university this year.

Negotiations over the cost of the new baby vaccine were finally resolved in March, meaning the Men B programme will be rolled out in England and Scotland from 1 September, with Wales and Northern Ireland expected to follow suit shortly afterwards.

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Source: BBC

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