Our resident GP, Dr Ajay Bedi, goes through the symptoms of Meningitis.
"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.
– Chris Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation
"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."
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.