Meningitis B Vaccination Service launched
Boots UK is introducing a new, private Meningitis B Vaccination Service in selected stores from 2 November 2015 for children aged between two and 18 years old.
In September 2015, the NHS introduced the Meningitis B vaccination as part of the routine childhood immunisations programme in the UK, scheduling vaccinations to infants at the age of two, four and 12 months of age.
Boots UK fully support the NHS programme, and while this vaccination routine helps to protect the most vulnerable babies at an age group when they are most at risk of developing Meningitis B, Boots recognises that some parents may want to consider vaccination for their children who are outside of the routine age range for the NHS programme.
If a child is eligible for the Boots Meningitis B Vaccination Service, determined following a consultation with the pharmacist, they will administer 2 vaccinations a minimum of two months apart for those aged 2-10 years and a minimum of 1 month apart for those aged 11 upwards.
Marc Donovan, Chief Pharmacist at Boots UK comments; “Our aim is to increase accessibility to healthcare services through the expertise of the pharmacist, and the convenience of a community pharmacy setting. Vaccination services are an increasingly important part of our pharmacy offer, and demonstrate that a pharmacist can offer much more to patients. Building on the success of the Boots Travel Vaccinations and Health Advice Service and the Boots Winter Flu Jab Service, we believe this new service will give greater access to the Meningitis B Vaccination, at a more accessible cost than many private clinics.”
People wishing to make an appointment for the Boots Meningitis B Vaccination Service can do so by contacting their local Boots pharmacy or via the online appointment booking system at http://www.boots.com/en/Meningitis-B-Vaccination-Service_1773757/
Appointments can be made online at Boots.com from 26 October and the Boots Meningitis B Vaccination Service will commence in pharmacies from the 2 November. The cost for each vaccination is £95.00. As there are two recommended doses, the cost for the total course is £190.00
Notes to Editors
The Boots Meningitis B Vaccination Service will launch in 52 Boots UK stores nationwide.
About Boots UK
Boots UK (boots.com), the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. With 2,510* stores in the UK, Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care, be the first choice for pharmacy and healthcare and offer innovative 'only at Boots' exclusive products such as the UK’s leading skincare brand No7, all delivered with the great value customers love. Created over 165 years ago, the Boots brand is still at the heart of the communities it serves.
*As at 31 August 2015 excluding equity method investments