ALL babies in England will soon be vaccinated against meningitis B.
From September, babies aged between two an four months will get jabs for the strain of the deadly brain infection, with a booster when they are one year old.
The Department of Health announcement has been welcomed by the public health team at Portsmouth City Council.
Kate Lees, public health consultant, said: ‘We’re pleased to hear of the new vaccination to protect children against meningitis B.
‘It’s a welcome addition to the existing immunisations available free to children, protecting them against a range of diseases such as measles, mumps and flu.
‘Vaccination is the most effective and safe way of protecting your child against illnesses like these and is why we encourage parents to make sure their children get all their vaccinations on time.’
Teenagers aged 17 and 18 in the final year of sixth-form and other students aged 19 to 25, who are starting university this year, will also be able to receive a vaccination against the A, C, W and Y strains of the infection, from August.
Public health minister Jane Ellison said: ‘I am very proud we will be able to offer families extra peace of mind with these new vaccination programmes from this summer.’