How Long is the Meningitis Vaccination Good For?

Meningitis can be caused by a number of different infections, so there are several vaccines which offer protection against this disease. For information about the different types of meningitis vaccination and other vaccines which you may need if you are travelling abroad, visit our travel clinic in Epsom.

Types of vaccines
Different types of vaccines offer protection against the different meningococcal bacterial serotypes. When to get vaccinated depends on the type of vaccine as most are targeted at different age groups.

Here are the different types of vaccines.

  • Meningitis B vaccine – offers protection against meningococcal Group B bacteria which is a common cause of meningitis in young children. The vaccine is recommended for babies at age 8 weeks followed by a second dose at 16 weeks and a booster at one year old
  • 6-in-1 vaccine – this vaccine offers protections against a whole host of diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio and it also includes Hib or Heamophilus influenzae type b which is a type of bacteria that can cause meningitis. This vaccine is administered three times to babies at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks old
  • Pneumococcal vaccine – meningitits is one of the serious infections which can be caused by peneumococcal bacteria. Babies born after 1 January 2020 are offered the pneumococcal vaccine as two separate injections at 12 weeks with a booster given at one year old
  • Hib/ Men C vaccine – the meningitis C vaccine offers protection against meningococcal group C bacteria, this vaccine is offered to infants at one year old. Teenagers and first time University students are also offered vaccination against this as part of the combined meningitis ACWY vaccine
  • Meningitis ACWY vaccine – this vaccine offers protection against bacterial serotypes A, C, W and Y which are four distinct types of bactera that cause meningitis. This vaccine is offered to teenagers, sixth formers and fresher students going to University for the first time

Miles Pharmacy is on hand to offer advice and guidance about the different types of meningitis vaccinations. Visit our travel clinic in Epsom  or take a look at the website for more information