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Dumfries meningitis campaigner welcomes new research

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Meningitis vaccine campaigners have welcomed new research which could help to diagnose the infection in minutes.

Michael Pattie from Dumfries, who lost his son to meningitis, says the pin-prick test is an "exciting new development".

Mr Pattie has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for meningitis research and was the Meningitis Research Foundation's first Scottish ambassador.


Campaigner backs Meningitis vaccine plans

Campaigner Michael Pattie Credit: ITV Border

A father from Dumfries who lost his son to Meningitis has welcomed the news that all UK babies will soon have access to a vaccine against the B strain of the disease.

Michael Pattie's son David died in 1999 and he has campaigned since then for a vaccine to be available on the NHS.

The Government's agreement with drug company GlaxoSmithKline will mean the vaccine can be introduced later this year.

Previously the government had only agreed that children over two years old could get the vaccine.

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Dumfries man looks to speed up introduction of Meningitis B vaccine

Michael Pattie lost his son to Meningitis Credit: ITV Border News

A Dumfries man who competed in The People's Strictly for Comic Relief has made a fresh call to speed up the introduction of a Meningitis B vaccine.

Michael Pattie lost his 13-year-old son David to another strain of the disease in 1999. However, he said the competition had given extra profile to a campaign to get the vaccine brought into use.

Call for 'Holy Grail' vaccine to be publicly available

A man from Dumfries is calling on the government to speed up the introduction of a "life-saving" Meningitis vaccine.

Greg Hoare has this report:

Bexsero 'Holy Grail' of treatment for Meningitis

Michael Pattie, from Dumfries, has described Bexsero as the 'Holy Grail' in treating the Meningitis B type of the disease.

He is calling for immediate use of the vaccine.

It was approved for use in the UK in March, but is still only available to private buyers.

The cause of the delay is ongoing negotiations over pricing between the drug company and the Department of Health.

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