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Parents call for Meningitis B vaccine to be rolled out to older children

  • Click below to watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

The parents of a young boy who died from meningitis B just hours after falling ill are calling for more children to be vaccinated.

Oliver Hall from Suffolk was just six when he contracted the deadly disease.

The NHS offers vaccinations against Meningitis B to children up to a year old. Georgie and Bryan Hall would like to see the vaccine rolled out to older children.

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Bacterial meningitis can affect any age group. It's most dangerous in babies and young children. One in 10 cases are fatal and 1 in 3 are left with permanent disabilities.

Signs can include:

  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Severe muscle pain and headache
  • Dislike of light
  • Rash