TFJ Private GP Services are offering a full-service Meningitis B consultation to parents whose children don’t qualify for the vaccination on the NHS.
For the past 18 months, the Meningitis B vaccination has been offered as part of the routine NHS vaccine schedule for babies born after July 1, 2015. However, there is no ‘catch-up’ scheme to protect children born before this date.
We’re providing the inoculation as part of its paediatric services, ensuring those with children born before July 2015 can immunise their children against the potentially life-threatening bacterial infection.
Our GPs provide parents with a 30-minute initial consultation to fully discuss the benefits, risks and interactions of the vaccine, enabling them to make an informed decision.
Dr Jeff Foster, who is also a local NHS doctor and works in the accident and emergency unit at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “For parents’ piece of mind, we offer the vaccine in a hospital setting, where additional trained doctors and nurses are on-hand to provide immediate care on the rare occasions a reaction or complication does arise.
“The wellbeing and safety of each child is the most important thing to us. This is why we offer a comprehensive service of care, addressing parents’ queries before, during and after the vaccination process.”
Each year, the UK sees approximately 1,200 cases of Meningitis B, which causes high-fever, cold hands and feet, confusions, vomiting and headaches.
The bacterial infection is fatal in one in 10 cases, while one in four experience long-term effects, such as deafness, amputation and epilepsy.
It most commonly seen in children aged around five months, but there is a significant incidence in children aged one to four years old and the vast majority of patients are under 10 years old.
For more information, visit our GP Service page www.tfjprivategp.co.uk/gp-services/ or call us on 01926 436303.