A NEW vaccine will be offered to babies aged two months from September to help protect against meningococcal B (MenB) disease.

Babies will be offered the MenB vaccine with other routine vaccinations at the age of two months, four months and 12 to 13 months.

Vaccinating babies at these times helps protect them when they are most at risk of developing MenB disease.

Coun Jim Andrews said: “MenB can be severely disabling or fatal, especially in babies and young children.

"The number of MenB cases peaks at five months of age so it’s important that babies are protected against it before they are at the highest risk of developing the disease.”