New Men B Vaccination Routine for Babies

In September 2015 UK babies born on or after 1 July 2015 will be offered protection against meningitis with the new Men B vaccine. Bexero® will be offered as part of the routine NHS Childhood Vaccination Programme.

In addition to newborns, babies born on or after 1 May will be offered the vaccine as part of a one off catch-up.

The vaccine will be given as a single injection in the thigh during their routine vaccinations:

  1. First dose: 2 months old
  2. Second dose: 4 months old
  3. Booster: 1 year old

New Men ACWY Vaccination Routine for Students

From August 2015 the Men ACWY Vaccine will be offered to Year 13 pupils aged 17 to 18 years and also to university students aged 19 to 25 years starting later this year.

In addition to current year 13 pupils, a catch-up vaccination programme is planned for current year 10 pupils from January 2016. The Men ACWY vaccine will be added to the routine Adolescent Schools Programme from Autumn 2015, alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster, and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination.

The Menveo® or Nimenrix® Vaccine protects against four types of meningitis - A, C, Y and, in particular, Men W which has seen accelerated growth in the number of cased due to a deadly strain of Men W bacteria.

What this means for you

There may be some capacity restraints in terms of increased demand and appointments and you will also need to assess your fridge capacity.

It is important that you store vaccines in a strict, controlled temperature fridge and that you have enough room to store the necessary amount. Although we offer next day delivery as standard, it is better to be prepared through careful planning.

You may also want to consider vaccine transportation bags for any off-site vaccination drives you are planning to hold in your area (e.g. visiting your local school, college or uni).

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Useful information from Meningitis Now

We're working with the charity Meningitis Now to raise awareness of the new Men B and Men ACWY vaccines. Their website ( offers a wealth of information and resources for healthcare professionals and patients.

Meningitis NowMeningitis Now were the first meningitis patient group in the world, and the only charity dedicated to fighting the disease in the UK.

The charity offers information and support services for families across the UK who are or have been affected by meningitis.

Download information about 2015 vaccine schedules