Meningitis vaccine bid

A meningitis charity is warning that thousands of families could suffer if a life-saving vaccine is not implemented by the Government.

"Prevention has to be the best option"

"The Department of Health's own studies show meningitis is the disease most feared by parents. It's one of the few illnesses in modern Britain that can kill or seriously maim a healthy child within hours of the first symptoms.

"With the UK Government committed to reducing child deaths, it's inconceivable that a MenB vaccine should be licensed yet go unused in the UK.

"Prevention has to be the best option, that's why we have invested over £17m in vital research. But now the UK has the chance to save over a thousand people every year from the devastation of MenB.

"Surely we should be seizing it and taking that all-important step towards a world free from meningitis and septicaemia."

– Chris Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation

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Meningitis charity calls for vaccine approval

A health worker prepares a meningitis vaccination Credit: PA

A meningitis charity is warning that thousands of families could suffer if a life-saving vaccine is not implemented by the Government.

It comes as the Meningitis Research Foundation launches its annual awareness week across the country.

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.

Michael Pattie, from Dumfries, lost his 13-year-old son David to meningitis in 1999 Credit: ITV News Border