Meningitis B vaccine now available

From September 2015, a vaccine will be available as part of the NHS childhood campaign, to help protect against MenB disease.  Babies will be offered the MenB vaccine with other routine vaccinations at two months of age, four months and 12 months of age.  Vaccinating at these times helps protect them when they are most at risk of developing MenB disease.  Fever can be expected after any vaccination but is more common when the MenB vaccine is given with the other routine vaccines at two and four months.  The fever shows the baby’s body is responding to the vaccine, although not getting a fever doesn’t mean it hasn’t worked.  Giving paracetamol will reduce the risk of fever after vaccination.  Your nurse will give you more information about paracetamol at the appointment.  Infant paracetamol should be on your essential shopping list in preparation for your baby’s arrival.  If you do not have any paracetamol liquid for infants at home you should get from your local pharmacy or supermarket ready for your two month vaccination visit.

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