Meningitis: Vaccination

Department of Health written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Conservative, Pudsey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that the Meningitis B vaccine is added to the childhood immunisation programme in 2015.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Conservative, Pudsey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure progress on price negotiations with Novartis for the Meningitis B vaccine.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We are seeking to reach a positive conclusion to the negotiations with Novartis for supply of the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine, Bexsero® at a cost-effective price, as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation as soon as possible. The introduction of an NHS MenB immunisation programme for infants will depend on the outcome of these negotiations.

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