Meningitis Vaccination Service

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. 

There are many different causes of meningitis, but the two most common organisms are viruses and bacteria. Meningococcal bacteria, the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK, can be divided into several groups. The groups that most commonly cause the disease are A, B, C, W and Y. Visit NHS.UK for more information.

Everyone is at risk, but certain groups are more susceptible and may be offered a vaccination as part of the NHS immunisation programme. But some individuals may also need access to a private service - at a time when it's increasingly difficult to obtain an appointment with a GP, community pharmacy is ideally placed to improve accessibility to this service.

Who may be suitable for the meningitis vaccination service? 

Men ACWY Men B      
  • Pilgrims travelling for hajj or umrah
  • Travellers visiting areas at risk of the meningococcal disease
  • Individuals who have missed their routine school vaccination especially students going to college or university for the first time 
  • All those at risk of meningococcal diseases caused by Neisseria meningitides group B 

Working in partnership with PharmaDoctor, members have a 10% discounted rate eTool with integrated PGD to support delivery of a Meningitis Vaccination Service click on the below:


Men B

We have developed a range of resources to help you market and deliver a successful service, including:

Support Pack

Meningitis Counter Excellence Training Module

Meningitis Pharmacy Excellence Training Module

Vaccination Service SOP

Pharmacy team brief

Additional resources

Counter guide

Management of adverse affects

Record of adverse events form

Mosque letter

Patient Access For Professionals

Findings from Patient Access highlighted the meningitis vaccination service as a service that was frequently searched for by patients, however with very few being able to locate a pharmacy to book an appointment. This is where your pharmacy may be able to offer an easily accessible weight loss service to customers. 

Providing one vaccination per week for both Men B and Men ACWY can generate approximately £2,000 profit per year as extra service income.  

Refer to the profitability calculator

Using an online booking platform such as Patient Access has been shown to increase footfall of customers booking private services, helping you to increase your services profitability. 

Find out more about Patient Access For Professionals 

Pharmacist Accreditation* Process

*Check for any additional requirements from your PGD provider