Information about the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine and paracetamol use.
Information for healthcare professionals and parents on the increased risk of fever when the MenB vaccine is given alongside other immunisations at 2 and 4 months of age and the recommended use of prophylactic paracetamol.
Paracetamol use protocol
A protocol has been prepared by PHE for healthcare professionals delivering the national MenB immunisation programme:
PHE provide the protocol as a resource and it is entirely optional as to whether providers utilise it. Protocols are not required legally and are a tool for professionals to follow in practice to guide the care of a patient
There is no legal requirement for formal authorisation of a protocol. The protocol may be adopted by commissioners and providers to support practitioners in providing the National Immunisation Programme and adhering to their professional standards.
This protocol has been developed to support the provision of a general sales list (GSL) medication, for which a Patient Group Direction is not required.
Paracetamol patient informant leaflet
The advice on the use of paracetamol following MenB vaccination differs to previous advice on the use of paracetamol for post-vaccination fever which may still appear on infant paracetamol product packaging. In order to avoid confusion, a patient information leaflet has been produced detailing advice on paracetamol dosage and timings and addressing frequently asked questions.
This leaflet has been made available to order on DH Orderline and every parent/ guardian should be given a copy at the two month immunisation appointment.
Information about the MenB vaccine and paracetamol use
This brief two-sided A5 flyer informs parents of the increased risk of fever, and the need to have paracetamol available at home in preparation for the first immunisation appointment. It is being provided to mothers when they leave hospital following the birth of their baby through promotional ‘new mum’ packs distributed in most English hospitals.
MenB and Paracetamol mock consultation
Public Health England has been working closely with Oxford Vaccine Group who have produced a mock video consultation including a discussion between a practice nurse and patient about the use of paracetamol following MenB vaccination. This is a key training resource for frontline immunisers to ensure that parents receive the necessary information on the increased risk of fever and correct use of paracetamol following the two and fourth month appointment visits. Local NHS England and PHE colleagues are requested to help to cascade this training locally to frontline immunisers
Printed copies of leaflets and flyers can be ordered via the Department of Health orderline.
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