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The MenB Vaccination Service is available in over 300 Boots pharmacies, for adults and children aged two and over*.
Meningococcal disease is a term used to describe two major illnesses – meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). MenB is the most common bacterial strain causing meningococcal disease in the UK**.
It is predicted that the MenB vaccine protects against almost 9 in every 10 types of meningococcal group B bacteria circulating in the UK***.
Meningitis can affect anybody. It’s most common in children, teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 24. That’s because these groups tend to socialise more at school and universities, which leads to the spreading of bacteria****.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is a serious infection which causes the lining around the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed. It’s usually caused by bacteria or a virus and can be spread through sneezing, coughing and kissing†.
Meningococcal bacteria are the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK and can lead to meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia). There are five main groups. Meningococcal group B (MenB) is the most common, accounting for over 54 per cent of reported cases of meningococcal meningitis.
Every case of meningitis is different, but it can develop very quickly, so it’s important to recognise the signs and symptoms ††.
Who is the Boots service suitable for?
The service is for adults and children aged two and over. One of our in-store pharmacists will check suitability during your consultation. Speak to your GP about the vaccination if your child is under 24 months.
The NHS have offered a MenB vaccination as part of the routine childhood immunisations programme in the UK since 2015. Those children and adults who fall outside of the NHS age range may consider having the vaccination privately at Boots.
The Boots MenB vaccination service does not replace the need for the free NHS Men ACWY vaccination currently offered to teenagers – MenB is not included. Speak to a Pharmacist for more information.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE APPOINTMENT?
How long will the in-store consultation take?
The in-store consultation and vaccination will take about 25 minutes.
What else do I need to know before the appointment?
Each vaccination will be given in the upper arm. It’s helpful for you or your child to wear short sleeves or loose sleeves that can be rolled up. You’ll be asked to stay behind for five minutes after each vaccination to make sure there are no immediate reactions.
Our Pharmacist will talk to you about possible side effects before the vaccination.
If a child is being vaccinated, it’s important to approach the procedure in a calm way, as young children can be nervous about vaccinations, and to leave plenty of time before the appointment. Why not watch our helpful video below to see what to expect.
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