The routine meningitis B and ACWY vaccination programmes are now underway.
The meningitis B vaccine (Bexsero) should be offered routinely to all babies born on or after 1st July 2015, when they attend for their first and third routine childhood immunisations at the age of 2 months and 4 months. A booster should then be offered at 12—13 months of age alongside current routine immunisations.
The routine schools-based MenC adolescent vaccination programme for students around 14 years old (in school year 9 or 10) has switched to the combined MenACWY vaccine (Menveo or Nimenrix).
In addition, two time-limited MenACWY vaccination programmes began on 1st August 2015. GP practices should offer a combined ACWY vaccine to all 17- and 18-year olds in the 2014/15 school year 13, as part of a catch-up programme that runs until 31st March 2016. GPs should also offer MenACWY vaccination on an opportunistic basis to first-time university entrants aged 19 to 25 years.
MIMS quick-reference guide
The MIMS summary of the routine vaccination schedule has been updated to reflect the current immunisation schedule and can be used as a quick-reference guide to the new vaccinations.