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Meningococcal disease most commonly presents as meningitis and/or septicaemia. It can also cause other infections including pneumonia, myocarditis, endocarditis, pericarditis, arthritis, conjunctivitis, urethritis, pharyngitis, and cervicitis. Transmission is by aerosol, droplets, or direct contact with respiratory secretions of someone carrying the organism.

The Vaccine

Who can have this vaccine?

Children 8 weeks+

Doses required

Various doses depending on the patient's age and required vaccine(s).

Meningococcal B is given at 8 weeks, 16 weeks and at 1 year old.
Meningococcal C is also given at 1 year old.
Meningococcal ACWY is given at around 14 years of age.
Children who have not been vaccinated or have an incomplete vaccination schedule should receive doses of an appropriate Meningococcal vaccine, depending on their circumstances.


Meningococcal B - £200 per dose
Meningococcal C - £115 per dose
Meningococcal ACWY - £90 per dose

How is it given?

This is an injection in the upper arm (or thigh).

How long does protection last?

Usually lifelong however an additional dose may be considered for some people at high risk of invasive meningococcal disease.

Other information

Patient Leaflet

Please refer to the patient leaflet for full information on this vaccine:

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