A new vaccine to prevent meningitis is being offered to babies as part of the routine NHS childhood vaccination programme.
The Men B vaccine is recommended for babies aged 2 months, followed by a second dose at 4 months, and a booster at 12 months.
There is also a temporary catch-up programme for babies who are due their 3- and 4-month vaccinations in September 2015, to protect them when they are most at risk from infection.
The Men B vaccine will protect your baby against infection by meningococcal group B bacteria which are responsible for more than 90% of meningococcal infections in young children.
Meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal group B bacteria can affect people of any age, but is most common in babies and young children.
The new programme makes England the first country in the world to offer a national, routine and publicly funded Men B vaccination programme.
An important change with this vaccination is that children should take a small dose of paracetamol at the same time as the injection. Your GP, health visitor and nurse will be able to advise on dosing instructions and supply the first dose at the time of the first injection; for subsequent doses you should obtain your own supply of paracetamol suspension from your chemist.
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