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INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN

You can reduce your child’s risk of developing meningococcal meningitis by ensuring their vaccinations are up-to-date.1

The UK has a comprehensive childhood immunisation programme. For infants and young children, this includes vaccines that help protect against the types of bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis C and B.2 No single vaccine helps protect against all five types of meningococcal meningitis – at least two are needed.3

The vaccinations for infants and young children highlighted above help prevent meningococcal meningitis and are provided free of charge by the NHS.2 Vaccinations are also available to help prevent meningitis caused by other bacteria.

Vaccines offered during infancy and early childhood as part of the National Immunisation Programme2

8 Weeks

6-in-1 vaccine

A combined vaccine given as a single injection to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b known as Hib), and hepatitis B

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine*

Rotavirus vaccine

Meningitis B

12 Weeks

6-in-1 vaccine

Second dose

Rotavirus vaccine

Second dose

16 Weeks

6-in-1 vaccine

Second dose

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine*

Second dose

Meningitis B

Second dose

1 Years

Hib/Meningitis C

A combined vaccine to protect against meningitis C (first dose) and Hib (fourth dose)

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine*

Third dose

Meningitis B

Third dose

Measles, mumps and rubella

First dose

3 Years
4 Months

or soon after

Combined diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DTaP/IPV)

Booster dose

Measles, mumps and rubella

Second dose

2-10 Years7

(including children in reception class and school years 1 to 6)

Children’s flu vaccine

Annual

Speak to your nurse or doctor if you are not sure whether your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date.

Different vaccines are given at different ages. It is important to receive the complete course of vaccination during infancy, childhood and adolescence

*Helps protect against infections including meningitis caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria.5 Around 32% of those who contract pneumococcal meningitis experience long-term symptoms such as hearing loss and seizures.6 To find out more about pneumococcal disease, visit https://www.protectyourpreciousmoments.co.uk/.

Vaccination is free of charge

The vaccinations for infants and young children listed above are provided free of charge by the NHS.2

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References

1. National Health Service. Meningitis: causes. www.nhs.uk/conditions/meningitis/causes/ Last Accessed September 2019

2. National Health Service. Routine childhood immunisations. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/817309/Routine_Childhood_Immunisation_Schedule_Autumn_2019.pdf. Last Accessed September 2019

3. National Health Service. Meningitis: vaccination. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/meningitis/vaccination/ Last Accessed September 2019

4. Public Health England. Invasive meningococcal disease in England: annual laboratory confirmed reports for epidemiological year 2017 to 2018. Health Protection Report. Volume 12 Number 38. Last Accessed September 2019

5. Public Health England. The Green Book [2018], Chapter 25: Pneumococcal. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/ publications/pneumococcal-the-green-book-chapter-25. Last Accessed September 2019

6. Jit M. The risk of sequelae due to pneumococcal meningitis in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Infect. 2010;61(2):114–24. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2010.04.008.

7. Annual National Flu Programme Letter 2019 to 2020 https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/annual-national-flu-programme-2019-to-2020-1.pdf. Last accessed September 2019

Your Risk

It's a rare infection and infants younger than one year, followed by children from one to four years of age, have the highest incidence of meningococcal disease.4 Follow this link to learn about the risks of meningococcal disease for your child.

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PP-VAC-GBR-1280 September 2019