For information: the new MenB vaccine and advice on the use of Paracetamol
From the 1st September, the Men B vaccine will be added to the NHS Childhood Immunisation Programme to help protect children against meningococcal group B disease which can cause meningitis and septicaemia which are serious and potentially fatal illnesses.
Babies born after the 1st July 2015 will be offered the MenB vaccine with their other routine vaccines at two months, four months and 12-13 months of age.
In addition babies born between the 1st May 2015 and the 30th June 2015 will also be offered the MenB vaccine with their remaining primary immunisations and 12-13 month vaccines as part of a one off catch-up programme.
Fever of ≥38◦C (occasionally ≥40◦C) vaccine is common in infants when Men B vaccine is administered at the same time as the other routine primary immunisations. As a result parents are being advised to administer paracetamol at the time, or shortly after vaccination with MenB, with two further doses at 4-6 hourly intervals to reduce the incidence and severity of fever.
Parents are being advised to source paracetamol prior to attending the surgery for vaccination. Parents who are unable to access paracetamol will be provided with a 5ml sachet by the GP surgery at the time of vaccination and advised to obtain further supplies for the second and third doses. Therefore it’s likely that there will be an increase in parents presenting to community pharmacies requesting paracetamol.
Information on MenB and paracetamol can be accessed at:
Information for health care professionals can be accessed at:
The Bipartite the letter announcing the programme can be accessed at:
General information about the programme can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/meningococcal-b-menb-vaccination-programme
I hope this information is helpful
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