After the unexpected supply constraints of meningitis B (Bexsero) due to its global demand during 2015, Superdrug is pleased to announce the vaccination is now back in stock in Nurse Clinics and selected Pharmacy stores in England, Scotland and Wales.
The in-store vaccination service priced at £95 per dose is suitable for patients aged between two months and 50 years old, and depending on age, two or three doses are recommended. Children under the age of one should be able to receive the vaccination free from the NHS and it is advised that parents contact their GP if they believe their child is eligible.
In the UK every year there are approximately 1,500 reported cases of meningococcal disease, making it the most common cause of bacterial meningitis. Symptoms include a high fever with cold hands and feet, confusion, vomiting and headaches, but with early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment, most people will make a full recovery. The meningitis B vaccination could provide protection for nearly 90% of infection strains in England and Wales. It is vital to seek early treatment to prevent possible irreparable damage to the brain and further severe long-term consequences. If you think that you, or someone you know, is displaying symptoms of meningitis, seek medical help immediately at your nearest hospital.
Dr. Pixie, Superdrug’s health and wellbeing ambassador, said: “Any doctor who has dealt with a case of meningococcal meningitis during their career will tell you how harrowing it is. The image stays with you forever. As a parent and a healthcare professional, meningitis is one of my greatest fears. Thankfully we have now a vaccine to protect against one of the most deadly forms, meningitis B. This strain is responsible for nearly 90% of meningitis infections in young children.10% of those infected don’t survive and those that do can be left with life-limiting disability. Vaccination is key in stopping this disease.”
Nicola Hart, head of healthcare services at Superdrug, said: “The high demand for the vaccine reflects the importance parents have placed on protecting their children from Meningitis B so we are really happy we are now able to offer the vaccination to our customers again”.
To ensure privacy and comfort, vaccinations are administered by a trained Pharmacist or Nurse in a private consultation room. To make an appointment, please call Superdrug’s booking line on 03 333 111 007, or to find out more visit https://onlinedoctor.superdrug.com/travel/meningitis-b-vaccination.html.