There are two meningococcal B vaccines available in Australia for anyone who is interested in reducing their risk of meningococcal B disease. GPs should recommend vaccination, particularly for high-risk patients, and provide information on costs, dosing schedules, administration and adverse events associated with the vaccines.
Holly, the mother of a two-month-old baby, wants to know why the pneumococcal vaccine is available on the PBS, but the meningococcal B vaccine is not. She asks whether she should vaccinate her baby against meningococcal B disease, irrespective. If so, what is the vaccine schedule, how much will it cost, what are the side effects and will this vaccination be on the immunisation schedule at some stage soon? Should she and her husband be vaccinated too and, if so, is the vaccination schedule different for adults?