A petition to give all children the meningitis B vaccine has now been signed over 767,000 times – meaning Parliament will now consider it for a debate.


The campaign to vaccinate all children up to the age of 11 snowballed after 2-year-old Faye Burdett from Maidstone, Kent, caught the infection and died 11 days later on Valentine's Day.

Her family shared a picture of Faye lying in a hospital bed covered in a dark red rash just before she died – and her story has done a lot for meningitis awareness.

This was continued when ex-England rugby captain Matt Dawson told how his 2-year-old son Sam had meningitis C – and thankfully recovered.

So who's currently entitled to the vaccine?

Since September 2015, it has been offered on the NHS to babies between 2 and 5 months old.

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How many doses?

Three for babies aged 2-5 months. All babies aged 2 months should be offered a first dose of the MenB vaccine, followed by a second dose at 4 months and a booster at 12 months.

What if your child is older?

If your child is older than 5 months then you're not entitled to the vaccine on the NHS.

If you decide to get the vaccine privately for your child aged 6-23 months then they will need 2 primary doses and a booster after 12 months. Children aged 2 years+ need 2 primary doses but don't need a booster.

Is there an age limit for older kids?

No, even teenagers can be vaccinated.


How do you get the jab if you’re not entitled to one?

"Start by asking your own GP for the vaccine, as if they can provide it, this is likely to be the least costly option," a spokesperson for the