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Families of meningitis victims are angry that a potentially life-saving vaccine may not be available because of the cost to the NHS.
The vaccine for the meningitis B strain has been approved at European level, but so far its been classed as "not cost effective" in the UK.
Campaigners from Cumbria and south-west Scotland have put their case forward for the vaccine to be introduced as soon as possible.
Matthew Taylor reports:
Meningitis research fundraiser Michael Pattie says that now is the time for action.
He lost his son to the disease in 1999 and is outraged that despite the vaccine being approved, it is not available for use:
Michael Pattie, from Dumfries, lost his 13-year-old son David to meningitis C in1999.
He has been campaigning tirelessly ever since and has been fundraising for Meningitis Research.
Mr Pattie started a series of “Strictly” annual community talent showcases in 2006, which have raised more than £250,000 for the charity to date.
He was named Scottish Charity Champion for 2013 and is frustrated that despite a vaccine being found, it is not being made available:
Campaigners from south-west Scotland and Cumbria have joined in the fight to try and have a meningitis B vaccine approved for use in the UK.
Over 30,000 people have signed petitions for its introduction into the Childhood Immunisation Schedule, but so far the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) refused to give approval to the drug because it is not cost effective.