Meningitis B Vaccination

I took Lucas for his second Meningitis B vaccine on Thursday. He was very brave, let out a small noise and that was it, no tears. He was happy with the lolly and ‘brave as a lion’ sticker he was given from the nurse.

‘Meningococcal group B bacteria is a serious cause of life-threatening infections, including meningitis and blood poisoning, worldwide and the leading infectious killer of babies and young children in the UK.
There are 12 known groups of meningococcal bacteria, and group B (Men B) is responsible for about 90% of meningococcal infections in the UK.
Meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal group B bacteria can affect people of any age, but is most common in babies and young children.
Meningococcal infections tend to come in bursts. In the past 20 years, between 500 and 1,700 people every year, mainly babies and young children, have suffered from Men B disease, with around 1 in 10 dying from the infection. Many of those who survive suffer terrible permanent disability, such as amputation, brain damage and epilepsy.’ NHS

If your child was born on or after 1st May 2015 they will be offered the vaccine through the NHS at 2 months and 4 months with a booster at 12 months along with their other routine vaccinations. 

If your child was born before this, as Lucas was, you can choose to find a clinic and pay privately. Boots offer it to children over 2, as Lucas isn’t 2 yet, I had to search for somewhere which wasn’t easy as my own doctor didn’t even know where I would be able to get it done. Eventually I found a clinic that would and he had his first around October. You have to wait 8 weeks from having the first vaccine to the second vaccine. The vaccination cost varies clinic to clinic, ours cost £120 per vaccine so £240 in total. It gives 90% protection against the meningococcal group B bacteria and covers him for life.

 

 

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11 Comments

11 Comments on Living Arrows #2 – Meningitis B Vaccination

  1. Katy Stevens
    January 9, 2017 at 8:48 am (1 year ago)

    Well done you for taking your little one. I’ll be doing this with my girl too 🙂

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  2. Martyn Kitney
    January 9, 2017 at 11:42 am (1 year ago)

    Aw bless him! Im sure the lion sticker helped #LivingArrows

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  3. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    January 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm (1 year ago)

    Aww, brave boy! I took Max for his second one in November (I think it was). I was really worried as I was convinced he’d remember the place but he was an absolute dream and didn’t even seem to notice it! #LivingArrows

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  4. Donna
    January 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh bless him! Vaccines aren’t nice but they are so, so necessary. Troy didn’t understand when we last took him and he said he doesn’t want to go to the doctors ‘never, ever again’. Bless them! x

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  5. Amy Weston
    January 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Lily had her first one a couple of weeks ago with her 2 month jabs! Think I’m going to look around at getting it for Dominic too, as he’s 3 so missed out on it being in the routine ones! He looks so proud of himself bless him 🙂 x

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  6. Sherry
    January 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm (1 year ago)

    I went for the first round of vaccines with J when she was a baby and it upset me so much that i refused to go again and made my husband take her! #LivingArrows

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  7. Janet Yarwood
    January 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm (1 year ago)

    Awww brave boy. Vaccines aren’t nice but they are so necessary. #LivingArrows

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  8. the frenchie mummy
    January 9, 2017 at 9:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Brave little boy! Vaccines sucks but heho we forget soon about them #LivingArrows

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  9. RachelSwirl
    January 11, 2017 at 11:22 am (1 year ago)

    Oh brave little one!

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  10. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    January 16, 2017 at 5:06 am (1 year ago)

    Oh bless him. Mine was born 2 weeks early for this (though we also live in Qatar) you have reminded me I need to take him for his next set of jabs! #livingarrows

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