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Boy who survived meningitis delivers petition to Downing Street

Robbie Jones lost both his legs to septicaemia as a toddler. Photo: ITV

A boy who lost both his legs to disease as a toddler has travelled to 10 Downing Street to help deliver a petition calling for earlier vaccinations.

Robbie and his mother, Jill, delivered a petition calling for earlier vaccination against meningitis. Credit: ITV

Robbie Jones, 5, from Bowburn, near Durham, also lost the fingertips on one hand after contracting septicaemia aged 23 months. He and his mother Jill were part of a delegation from the Meningitis Research Foundation. It's calling on the government to include a MenB vaccine in the Childhood Immunisation Schedule as soon as one that is safe becomes available.

Meningitis and septicaemia affect 3,600 people in the UK and Ireland each year, killing one in ten patients. The charity says vaccinations are good value because it costs £3 million to support someone left seriously disabled by the diseases over their lifetime.

"There is currently no vaccine for meningococcal B disease which is responsible for the majority of cases of disease in the UK and Ireland. Thanks to our members and donors, we have helped fund research into the discovery and testing of potential MenB vaccines - which we estimate could prevent more than three cases a day and reduce the potential burden of these diseases on thousands more families in the future.”

– Christopher Head, Chief Executive, Meningitis Research Foundation