Meningitis B vaccine for babies to be available on the NHS

A vaccine against the deadly meningitis B is set to be available on the NHS for young babies. The Department of Health said it should be introduced if costs can be agreed with its manufacturer.

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Scientists back vaccine against 'parent's greatest fear'

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.

Read: Meningitis B vaccine 'to be available on the NHS'

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.

Meningitis B vaccine 'to be available on the NHS'

A vaccine against deadly disease meningitis B will be made available free on the NHS, the Independent reports.

The Independent is reporting that a vaccine for meningitis B will be available on the NHS. Credit: AP

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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