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Published On: Sat, Mar 22nd, 2014

British health officials recommend Bexsero as part of routine childhood immunization schedule

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in Great Britain has recommended the inclusion of the meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero, to be part of the routine childhood immunization schedule, according to Public Health England Friday.

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The JCVI, says based on the evidence, that the Bexsero® vaccine would be effective, and could represent good value for money within the NHS if it was made available at a low price.

The JCVI recommendation is to immunize babies at 2, 4 and 12 months.

Professor Andrew Pollard, chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity at the University of Oxford said:

MenB disproportionately affects babies and young children and can be devastating. After very careful consideration, JCVI concluded that use of the new vaccine could reduce cases of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia and lead to a reduction in deaths, limb amputations and brain injury caused by the disease. Today the JCVI published its recommendation to the UK health departments that if the new vaccine can be purchased at a low price and is therefore cost effective for the NHS, it should be used in the routine immunisation programme for babies in the UK to prevent disease.

Routine use of the MenB vaccine is expected to make an important contribution to the health of our population.

Meningitis B predominantly affects babies and young children and is fatal in about 1 in 10 cases. With early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment most make a full recovery but about 1 in 8 cases experience long-term health problems such as deafness, epilepsy and learning difficulties and some require amputations.

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