Date lodged: 27 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-30300 by Maureen Watt on 17 March 2016, whether it plans to vaccinate older children against meningitis B.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 23 August 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to protecting youngsters against Meningitis B (Men B) and this is why Scotland is one of the first countries in the world to have introduced a national Men B vaccination programme.
On vaccination policy, the Scottish Government is advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). As with all vaccination programmes, the JCVI keeps its advice under continual review, and recently reconsidered the evidence for vaccinating older children with Men B. Following discussion of the matter, the JCVI did not recommend a catch up programme for older children. The full detail of the JCVI advice is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation
Should the advice of the JCVI change in the future the Scottish Government will of course consider it carefully.