Meningitis Vaccine

Meningitis is a serious infection which causes the lining of the brain and spinal cord to inflame. It is commonly caused by bacteria or a virus that can be spread through sneezing, coughing, and kissing.

What are the symptoms of meningitis?

Symptoms of meningitis can appear in any order; some may not appear at all. Sometimes a rash may develop, which does not fade when a glass is rolled over it. If you are concerned, seek medical help immediately. Other symptoms include:

  • High temperature
  • A stiff neck
  • Headache
  • A dislike of bright lights
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness or unresponsiveness
  • Confusion
  • Breathing rapidly
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Pale or blotchy skin
  • Seizures

Meningitis vaccinations:

There are several meningitis vaccinations that can be administered at different stages. Day Lewis offer the MenB Vaccine and the MenACWY vaccine as private services.

1. MenB Vaccine:

The MenB Vaccine is given to babies to protect them against meningitis and sepsis infection caused by meningococcal group B bacteria. In severe cases, this infection can lead to brain damage, amputations, and be fatal.

The MenB vaccine is given to babies at 8 weeks, 16 weeks and a booster at 1 year.

Side effects of the MenB vaccine:
  • Babies given the vaccine are likely to develop a temperature within 24 hours. It is recommended to give your baby liquid paracetamol after the vaccination
  • Pain or redness at the site of injection
  • Diarrhoea or vomiting (although this is rare)
  • On rare occasions a baby may have an allergic reaction

Your GP will send you an appointment for your baby’s routine MenB vaccination.

2. MenACWY Vaccine

The MenACWY vaccine provides protection against meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y. This is offered to teenagers and “fresher” students going to university for the first time. It is vital for students to have this vaccine to protect themselves from meningitis and septicaemia which can also be deadly.

“Fresher” students should also ensure they get the MMR vaccine to protect themselves against any outbreaks of mumps and measles at university. If you have not had the 2 doses, speak to your GP.

Side effects of the MenACWY vaccine:
  • Redness, itching and potential hardness at the site of injection
  • A temperature above 38 degrees Celsius
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Symptoms should last no longer than 24 hours.

How much do the private meningitis vaccinations cost?

If you missed your meningitis vaccinations at the usual routine vaccination stage or are travelling to the UK for your studies and haven’t been previously vaccinated, our pharmacies offer the menB vaccination and menACWY vaccination as a private service.

  • MenB vaccination cost: £108
  • MenACWY vaccination cost: £45

For more information, visit or call your local Day Lewis Pharmacy today.

NHS Vaccination Schedule:

If you would like to know more about NHS vaccinations and when to have them, please visit

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