Meningococcal C (MenC) vaccination programme

From 1 July 2016, the number of doses of the Meningococcal C (MenC) vaccine in the infant schedule are being reduced.

Meningococcal disease is caused by invasive infection with the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, also known as the meningococcus.

There are 12 identified serogroups of which groups B, C, W and Y were historically the most common in the UK.

Since the introduction of the routine MenC vaccination programme, cases of invasive meningococcal disease in the UK due to serogroup C have reduced dramatically.

Joint PHE and NHS England letter announcing the MenC vaccination schedule changes.

Please refer to the Green Book chapters on meningococcal disease.


Published 16 July 2013
Last updated 24 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. New MenC flyer - available to order/download from the DH order line from 1 June 2016.

  2. Letter explaning the changes to the meningococcal C (MenC) vaccination schedule from 1 July 2016.

  3. Meningitis: signs and symptoms poster added

  4. Meningitis C vaccine poster added.

  5. Meningitis C vaccine leaflet added.

  6. Meningitis C leaflet for university students added.

  7. New dear colleague letter from head of immunisation, PHE.

  8. First published.