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A new vaccination programme to protect youngsters against the deadly meningitis strain MenW has been launched.
The Public Health England programme, which teenagers aged 17 and 18 will be invited to take part in as of today, offers protection against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England said:
Meningitis can be deadly and survivors are often left with severe disabilities as a result of this terrible disease.
“This vaccine will save lives and prevent permanent disability
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The government is poised to announce more than £170 million of extra funding will be ploughed into mental health services for children and young people in England, ITV News understands.
Some £143m will be allocated to mental health care in the coming months, while another £30m - to be handed out immediately - will be dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders.
The money, expected to be officially announced on Monday, includes £15m on perinatal mental health care, a £24m expansion of the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (CYP IAPT), and a £19m nationwide programme of work including staff development and investment in 'innovation'.
Another £75m will go out to local authorities as soon as they have completed their Local Transformation Plans, expected to be around October.
Welcoming the news, NHS England director Dr Martin McShane said the extra money would mean more patients would be able to be seen sooner.
The number of children and young people with an eating disorder is on the rise and it is right that the government has made this a priority and that we now have a clear waiting time standard.
It is clinically proven that patients recover most quickly when we treat them as early and as close to home as possible. By prioritising our focus on doing this we can minimise the number of young people who end up needing more specialised in-patient care.
An Ebola vaccine has proved to give 100% protection in trials carried out in Guinea.
Researchers said it could now be used to help end an outbreak of the deadly disease which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.
Infections expert Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust, which helped fund the trial, described the results as "remarkable".
He said: "Our hope is that this vaccine will now help bring this epidemic to an end and be available for the inevitable future Ebola epidemics."
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