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Marathon thank you

As many runners out there will know we are nearing the marathon season and many are in training ahead of the Brighton marathon which takes place in April.

When the race was under way last year, Andy and Emily Squires from Hove had just been told their 8 month old son, Thomas, was suffering from meningitis.

As they watched the crowds from a hospital window, they vowed that whatever happened, they'd take part this year. Charlotte Wilkins has their story.

If you'd like to find out more about Thomas' journey, then go to: http://www.justgiving.com/Emily-Squires

New Meningitis B vaccine trials

Meningitis can have a devastating effect, with possible brain damage and the loss of limbs. Until recently there hasn't been a way of preventing Meningitis B. But experts in Southampton are trialling a new vaccine - before the government decides if it will be used here in the UK.

Around 1870 people contract the infection each year. Many of them children under five or babies. And one in 10 survivors have major physical or neurological disabilities.

The experts at Southampton are still looking for volunteers. So if you're aged between 10 to 18 years of age and are interested you can contact the Meningitis Trial team at the Southampton Research Facility on 023 81204989. Or email: Danny.pratt@uhs.nhs.uk

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New vaccine for meningitis B to be trialled

Doctors based at Southampton's university hospitals are trialling a new vaccine that could offer children across the UK “broad protection” against meningitis B.

The study, being conducted at the NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Southampton General Hospital, will investigate the effectiveness of the vaccine in 50 children and young people between the ages of 10 and 18.

This strain of meningitis, known as serogroup B, is a highly aggressive bacterial infection that causes swelling of the brain and spinal cord and can lead to brain damage or blood poisoning.

Professor Saul Faust is a specialist in children's immunology and infectious diseases at Southampton General Hospital and has worked on the vaccine.

He said, “This is an extremely exciting study of a vaccine that could prove to provide broad protection against meningitis B, which is the major cause of brain inflammation and blood poisoning in the UK."

A new vaccine for Meningitis B could be groundbreaking Credit: Press Association

Paralympian raising awareness of Meningitis

A paralympian and his family are trying to make sure we're all aware of the signs of meningitis.

Aaron Phipps was 15 when he went to bed feeling unwell. By the next morning he was in hospital on a life support machine - his family were told he wouldn't survive.

But the wheelchair rugby player beat the odds - despite losing both legs and most of his fingers. Andrew Pate went to meet him and his family.

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