The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Meningitis baby vaccine due in September

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All babies in England and Scotland can be vaccinated against meningitis B from September in a move that experts described as lifesaving.

Parents will be able to get jabs for the strain of the deadly brain infection for youngsters at the ages of two and four months, with a booster when they are a year old, the Department of Health and Scottish Government has announced.

They said the infant programme, available from GPs, meant England and Scotland were the first in the world to begin “national and publicly-funded meningitis B immunisati­on”.

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