Meningitis B vaccine.

Meningitis B vaccine.

OK so here is a controversial one. And once again I stand by these sentiments. Please vaccinate your children against Meningitis B. Please, please, PLEASE.

If you’ve had a baby after 1st July 2015 or later than you will have been offered the Meningitis B vaccination alongside the usual immunisation programme for children and infants. If you’re little one was born after 1st May, you will have been offered a catch up vaccine.

The reason I’m so passionate about this was something that I had no perspective on when my little one was 8 weeks old. Thank goodness, no, she hasn’t had meningitis. But my husband and I researched the vaccine A LOT before we agreed to let her have it.

I remember the conversation and I’m sure it was similar to many other new parents,

“I’m worried it’s not safe, it’s just so new that I’m scared there are effects we don’t know about yet”

I was… we were. But it’s now, at the end of the jabs until she is 1, that I am realising just how important it is.

You can research it very easily, just a quick google for “Meningitis B vaccine” gets you straight to the meningitis.org website and from there a wealth of information about how the vaccine has been used in over 70,000 people with no serious ill effects.

My baby suffered, she had the expected side effects of the vaccine and had a fever and a rash for 48 hours which needed constant monitoring and the correct medication with both doses. But now it’s reported that she is protected against 88% of the strains in the UK. At the sacrifice of a few days of side effects.

I get very twitchy about the thought of both vaccinating and NOT vaccinating my daughter. I don’t want her to go through the pain of the injection and the side effects but I would never forgive myself if she caught what I didn’t vaccinate her for.

If you are undecided regarding the Meningitis B jab. Honestly the evidence is overwhelming in the safety of the vaccine. You can expect a few days of difficulty afterwards, but really is that worse than your little one catching it and being disabled as a result or worse?

Herd immunity

I hear you cry. Yes if 95% of the population are vaccinated you will probably be protected. But if we all signed up to that prospect we wouldn’t be getting to 95% immunity! And what happens if that drops drastically (for example MMR) then your little one will, once again, be at risk with nothing in the immunity bank to help them out.

It’s so worth the discomfort to your baby to protect them against this. It is SO worth it.

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2 Comments

  1. New Mummy Blog
    January 22, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Great post! We didn’t have the meningitis B jag debate as H was born before the cut off. We did however look I to doing it privately and ask the nurse at her previous jabs who said when it did come out there would probably be a catch up, so we didn’t pay privately. As it turned out she was too old for the catch up program. We feel like we dropped the ball on that one, but now she’s almost 14 months, (had her 12-13 month boasters last week, hence my posts on vaccines!!) we might get her them anyway.

    • January 22, 2016 / 9:17 am

      I know what you mean. We weren’t sure about giving her the men b jabs but I’m so glad I did. They are so expensive privately aren’t they! Although I’m like you, and would argue that’s a small price to pay for the safety of my little one. Xx

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