Meningitis BMeningococcal meningitis is a bacterial infection affecting the brain and spinal cord. There are different groups of meningitis - A, C, W, Y and B are the most common. The UK childhood vaccination schedule includes vaccinations against these five groups, as infants and young people are more vulnerable. Most meningitis infections in the UK are caused by the B and C groups.
- Symptoms Sudden fever, intense headache, nausea, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights. A non-blanching rash appears as the infection worsens.
- How do you catch Meningitis B? Meningitis is spread by coughs, sneezes or contact with someone who has the infection. It usually occurs in epidemics and can affect any age group. It can spread quickly in large crowds or in communal living areas (e.g. universities).
- Incubation period 2 – 10 days
- Diagnosis confirmed by testing blood or spinal fluid for bacteria.
Washing hands regularly, especially before eating; cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoid sharing drinks/food/toothbrushes and other items used orally with anyone else. Ensure vaccinations are up to date. Vaccines offered against meningitis by MASTA are Men B and Men ACWY.
Bacterial meningitis requires urgent treatment (antibiotics and fluids) in hospital. Without early treatment it can be fatal within hours.
Two meningitis B vaccines are available from MASTA, Bexsero and Trumenba (Trumenba is only for individuals from 10 years of age).
Level of protection: approx. 90%
Protection duration: Men B is a new vaccine, so the need for boosters/further boosters in some age groups has not yet been established (studies are ongoing).
How is it given: 2 or 3 injections, with or without a booster, depending on age when the course is started.
£110.00 Pricing shown is per dose
Did you know?
- England was the first country in the world to offer a routine national immunisation programme using the Bexsero meningitis B vaccine.
- Most meningitis infections occur in the winter months.
- Long-term complications of meningitis include hearing loss, sight impairment, seizures, limb amputation and brain damage.