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MenB vaccine overview

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Babies are offered the MenB vaccine to protect them against serious bacterial infections such as meningitis and sepsis.

Babies are given a dose of the MenB vaccine when they’re 8 weeks, 16 weeks and 1 year old.

Your GP surgery or clinic will send you an appointment for your baby to have their MenB vaccination along with their other routine vaccinations.

The MenB vaccine is safe. Since it was licensed in 2015, almost 5 million doses have been given with no safety concerns identified.

Your baby may get a high temperature after having the MenB vaccine. Give them liquid paracetamol to help avoid this.

The MenB vaccine is very effective. It protects against most types of meningococcal group B bacteria found in the UK.

Page last reviewed: 30/06/2021
Next review due: 30/06/2024