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Meningitis B and the New Bexsero Vaccine

About the author


Beverley Tompkins

Specialist Travel Health Nurse AFTM RCPS (Glasg)

Beverley is Nomad's Regional Nurse Manager for London Clinics. She is very passionate about travel health. She started nursing in infectious diseases before joining Nomad in 2010 to pursue her career as a Travel Health Nurse and to specialise in Travel Medicine. When Beverley's not in the clinic she enjoys writing articles on the subject and presenting.

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Using the Nomad clinic services gives you a one-to-one experience with a qualified, highly trained, travel health nurse.

The consultation includes:

  • A detailed medical history
  • Risk assessment based on style and length of your trip
  • Advice on preventative measures you can take

Your pharmacy based travel clinic is all very well but for specialist advice at the same or lower cost come to Nomad. This is strongly advised if you are on a more adventurous or complex itinerary, or have special medical needs. Nomad Travel Clinics are specialists in:

  • Last minute travel
  • Complex itineraries
  • Travel health and existing medical conditions
  • Open 6 days per week

allowing 6-8 weeks for your vaccination programme, you have time to fit in full courses of vaccines where required which provides you with the best possible protection against certain vaccine preventable diseases. If you don’t have time to complete courses before you go, you risk travelling with little or even no protection against sometimes high risk diseases.

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We are one of very few clinics with a limited supply of Meningitis B vaccine, sourced from the EU.  If you would like to book the vaccination for your child, please call our Booking Line on 01341 555 061

Since the recent introduction of the new Meningitis B vaccine into the UK, Nomad have seen a dramatic increase in the number of parents booking into our clinics (Bath / Bristol / Cardiff) relieved that they are now able to have their child vaccinated against this potentially fatal infection. Parents often present with many anxieties/fears and questions related to both the disease and the vaccine itself. The risks of Meningitis B have sadly been highlighted in the again in the news recently with several deaths caused by the disease in 2016 alone, and the 2014 story of baby Harmoine-Rose in the Bath area whose limbs were amputated after been infected with this terrible infection. Below I have addressed some of the most common questions we face on a day to day basis.

What is Meningitis B and who is at risk?

Meningitis B is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK, it causes approximately 90% of all cases of Meningitis. It is responsible for more deaths in children under age 5 years than any other infectious disease. Transmitted by coughing/sneezing, if caught the layer that covers the brain and spinal cord becomes infected and swells up and if left untreated 50% of all people infected can die. All ages are at some risk, but the very young and teenagers are at highest risk. Generally vaccines are given to babies and children/adolescents.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms to begin with are similar to many illnesses so can be difficult to diagnose. They include fever, headache, vomiting, reduced appetite and feeling generally unwell. These can progress very quickly and become life threatening if left. If as a parent you are worried about your child, trust your instincts and see your GP.

Symptoms to begin with are similar to many illnesses so can be difficult to diagnose. They include fever, headache, vomiting, reduced appetite and feeling generally unwell. These can progress very quickly and become life threatening if left

What is the vaccine?

The new licensed vaccine is called Bexsero and manufactured by Novartis. To provide protection you/your child will need either 2 or 3 injections (depending on age) and then a booster after a year.

Who is entitled to it free on the NHS?

In March 2014, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), recommended that the vaccine be offered to babies at 2, 4 and 12 months of age as part of their routine immunisations. Due to financial restraints the start date for this has not yet been confirmed. If you/your child does not fit this age group, or you do not want to wait for this to be offered to you, you can still have the vaccine, but you will have to pay for it.

How and where can you get vaccinated?

Some GPs may offer this privately, otherwise you will need to find a private clinic. Nomad Clinics are one of the few specialist clinics currently able to offer the meningitis B vaccine and a GP referral is not required. Nomad Nurses have had specialist training in the new Vaccine and are happy to answer and discuss any questions and worries you may have. The vaccine can be available at very short notice and you do not need to be registered with us to get an appointment. Information can be passed to your GP as required.

If you would like more information or to book an appointment call us on 0134 155 5061.

For more information about the vaccine itself: www.bexsero.co.uk