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 which provides vaccinations free of charge by the NHS. 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 to protect against all five types of meningococcal meningitis.

The childhood immunisation programme also includes vaccinations to help prevent meningitis caused by other bacteria*.

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



1. National Health Service. Meningitis: causes. Last Accessed December 2019

2. National Health Service. Routine childhood immunisations. Last Accessed December 2019

3. National Health Service. Meningitis: vaccination. Last Accessed December 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 December 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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