Men B immunisation for infants – protecting your baby against meningitis and septicaemia.

There is now a vaccine to help protect against meningococcal group B (MenB) disease. The vaccine is being offered in the routine immunisation programme in the UK.

Men B disease is a serious illness caused by the group B strain of meningococcal bacteria. These bacteria are a major cause of meningitis and septicaemia.

The Men B vaccine should be given with the other routine vaccinations at:

two months –

four months –

12 months.

Some babies may have a temperature, have redness, swelling or tenderness where they had the injection, or be a bit irritable and lose their appetite.   These symptoms, if your baby has them, normally clear up within one or two days of the vaccination.

Fever can be expected after any vaccination, but it is more common when the Men B vaccine is given to babies with the other routine vaccines at two and four months of age.  Studies have revealed that giving paracetamol reduces the chances of getting fever.  It is recommended that after each of the two and four month vaccinations you will need to give your baby a total of 3 doses of paracetamol to prevent and treat any potential fever.  You should give the first dose at the time of the vaccination, or as soon as possible after the vaccination visit.  DO NOT give the first dose before your baby has the vaccine, as your nurse will first need to check that your child does not have signs of any existing fever.  You should then give the second and third doses of paracetamol at four to six hourly intervals.

If you do not have any oral paracetamol suspension at home, you should get some from your local pharmacy or supermarket in preparation for your visit.

There are leaflets at the surgery with all the information regarding Men B vaccine.