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Meningitis B vaccine should not be given to babies, committee says

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3943 (Published 14 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3943

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  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has rejected a call for the meningitis B vaccination programme to be extended to all children under the age of two.

The committee said that there was not enough stock of the vaccine to be able to extend the programme to children aged 12 to 23 months. The vaccination was introduced into the routine immunisation programme for babies under the age of one last year.

The minutes of the JCVI’s June committee meeting, published online on 13 July, said that, while “wider use of …

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