Clinical update

Meningitis

Bacterial meningitis is a serious condition that can kill within hours. In 2011 and 2012, there were around 2,350 cases of bacterial meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia) in the UK.

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Bacterial meningitis is a serious condition that can kill within hours. In 2011 and 2012, there were around 2,350 cases of bacterial meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia) in the UK. One in ten people with bacterial meningitis die, while 15% of those who survive are left with severe after-effects such as brain damage, hearing and sight loss, and, where septicaemia has occurred, loss of limbs and scarring. Meningococcal B (MenB) disease is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK and Ireland.

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From September 1, a new vaccine for MenB is being offered to all babies born on or after May 1. The vaccine is given to babies aged two months, with a second dose at four months and a booster at 12 months. There will be a limited catch-up programme for babies who are due to

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