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This website provides information on Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD), inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord caused by meningococcal bacteria, which can lead to blood poisoning (septicaemia). Where the term meningitis is used in this website it refers to IMD caused by meningococcal bacteria.


A Brief Guide to Meningococcal
Vaccination in the UK

You have the power to get vaccines that help to prevent meningitis. Are you ready?

Remember, there is no single vaccine that helps protect against all the serogroups of bacteria that cause the majority of meningococcal disease in England.

The good news:

Here in the UK we have several meningococcal vaccines available, including MenACWY and MenB vaccines. It is necessary to have both vaccines to help protect against all of these serogroups. Currently, in the UK, infants are offered a MenB and Hib/MenC vaccine, and adolescents and young adults are offered a MenACWY vaccine as part of the routine immunisation schedule.10,11

For adolescents and young adults who are not eligible to receive either MenB or MenACWY vaccine as part of the national programme, these vaccines can be purchased within license via private health providers and pharmacies.

The vaccinations listed below help prevent meningococcal meningitis and are provided free of charge by the NHS10,11:

Meningococcal group B disease (MenB) 8 weeks old;
16 weeks old;
One year old
GP Practice
Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) and Meningococcal group C disease (MenC) One year old GP Practice
Meningococcal meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine All students in school years 9 or 10 (around 14 years of age) Usually school
Meningococcal meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine All those born between 1st September 1996 and 31st August 1999 who have missed out on MenACWY vaccination, or all those aged 10 to 25 years who have never received a MenC vaccine GP Practice*
Meningococcal meningitis ACWY(MenACWY) vaccine Students aged up to 25 years attending university for the first time GP Practice*
* Some localities, e.g. London, may have commissioned local pharmacies to also provide NHS vaccinations.

Vaccinations are also available to help prevent meningitis caused by other bacteria.

Check your eligibility for the MenACWY vaccine using the Meningitis Research Foundation Eligibility Checker.