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Meningitis B: Beat it NOW!

Bringing in the B vaccine

Following a year-long campaign by Meningitis Now, the Department of Health announced on 21st March 2014 that it will introduce a new Meningitis B vaccine Bexsero into the childhood immunisation programme in the UK. Read the full press release from March 2014.

Update June 2014 - Negotiations between the vaccine company Novartis and the UK Government should nowBeat it Now logo be underway but until the first vaccine is given free on the NHS our campaign will continue.

We want to keep meningitis high on the political health agenda. At the end of June we are meeting with politicians from across the UK who’ve supported our campaign, to thank them and make sure they stay involved in the future.

We have to make sure that:

  • The Department of Health and vaccine manufacturer, Novartis, complete negotiations swiftly.
  • The vaccine programme forms part of NHS commissioning schedules for 2014/15. 
  • The communication programme for GPs/Immunisation Nurses and for parents is run effectively and we will play our part to support this.
  • The adolescent carriage study goes ahead as soon as possible, with our support where it’s needed.

Support our campaign by getting in touch with your local MP, AM, MSP or MLA.

  • Ask them if they can find out what the timescales are for implementing the Meningitis B vaccine and how this will be communicated to health professionals and parents. 
  • Ask them to raise awareness of every new case in their constituency to help keep meningitis on the agenda.

In the meantime we will keep the campaign running in the press and across social media.

We are committed to bringing in the B vaccine

We are proud of the role we played in influencing the decision making process, the voice of our supporters made a real difference. We know it comes too late for many, but our legacy is that future generations will be protected.


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Securing the introduction of the vaccine.

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Vaccine process

Read the list of possible steps that need to take place in order for the Meningitis B vaccine to be included in the childhood immunisation programme.

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