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Warning after baby loses leg and fingers to Meningitis

Babies across the region are now being offered vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis & septicaemia for the first time in the UK. All children born after May 1st are being offered jabs for the B strain of the illness as part of routine injections available on the NHS.

It's the start of Meningitis Awareness Week, and today mothers and their children at the National Childbirth Trust's Mums and Bumps group in Stafford gave their reaction to being able to have the vaccinations for free.

But one mum is advising parents to look out for the symptoms after her 1- year-old caught one of the rarest strains of the illness, which led to his leg and fingers being amputated. Chris Halpin reports.



Transgender teenagers: What advice is out there?

A teenager from Gloucester who hopes to have a full sex change from woman to man has spoken of how he plans to freeze his eggs in order to have biological children.

Riley Middlemore Credit: ITV News

In his first television interview, 16-year-old Riley Middlemore told ITV News there are times he wished he hadn't been born transgender but is determined to complete the journey.

What help is out there for advice on gender reassignment?

There are a range helplines available for people seeking advice on gender reassignment. They include:

Information on teenagers and gender identity, parental worries, and young people’s mental health issues.

Offers help to children and young people (up to the age of 18) and their families who are experiencing difficulties in the development of their gender identity. This includes children who are unhappy with their biological sex.

The Trust is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues.

Parents' information service gives advice to parents or carers who may be concerned about the mental health or emotional well being of a child or young person.

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