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The Department of Health has agreed to introduce a nationwide vaccination programme for Meningitis B, the biggest infectious cause of death in under-5s.
ITV News' Luke Farrington reports.
A vaccine against meningitis B will be introduced on the NHS for babies from two months of age if costs can be agreed with the manufacturer, Government advisers have announced.
The Department of Health is expected to announced that it has reversed a recommendation made last October by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the efficacy of a vaccine against meningitis B.
The Meningitis Now charity has been campaigning for the vaccine to be available on the NHS in the hope of saving thousands of lives.
Around 200 scientists and researchers backed a petition last month calling the disease "a parent's greatest fear" and calling for a swift reappraisal of the recommendation from JCVI, the body responsible for advising the government on vaccinations.
A vaccine against deadly disease meningitis B will be made available free on the NHS, the Independent reports.
The Bexsero treatment was licensed in Europe in January but it was not recommended to be adopted by the NHS due to a lack of evidence over effectiveness.
According to the Independent, the Department of Health is set to announce tomorrow that the recommendation has been reversed.
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A vaccine against meningitis B will be introduced on the NHS for babies from two months of age if costs can be agreed with the manufacturer.