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Which babies should have the MenB vaccine?

The MenB vaccine is a routine childhood vaccination offered on the NHS to all babies born on or after 1 May 2015.

The vaccine, which protects against meningitis and sepsis (blood poisoning), is given as an injection into the left thigh at the same time as the other routine childhood vaccinations at:

  • 8 weeks
  • 16 weeks
  • 1 year

The MenB vaccine and other vaccines

It's safe for your baby to have the MenB vaccine at the same time as other routine childhood vaccines, including the 6-in-1 vaccine and MMR vaccine. Where possible, each vaccine is given in different limbs.

Read about possible MenB vaccine side effects.

What happens if my baby misses their vaccination appointment?

If your baby misses the vaccination appointment, or if vaccination was delayed, make a new appointment with your GP as soon as possible. 

Babies who missed their first MenB vaccination at 8 weeks of age can start later.

Those who received some of their MenB vaccinations but are not fully up to date with the schedule can catch up on any vaccinations they may have missed previously.

However, only babies born on or after 1 May 2015 will be eligible to receive the MenB vaccination.

Which babies should not have the MenB vaccine?

There are very few babies who cannot have the MenB vaccine. 

The MenB vaccine should not be given to a baby who:

Babies who have a minor illness without a fever, such as a cold, can have the vaccination as normal

Read more about the MenB vaccine.

Page last reviewed: 11 June 2018
Next review due: 11 June 2021