Gloucestershire MP calls for Meningitis vaccine to be available on NHS

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown is calling for a vaccination against a potentially deadly form of meningitis to be available on the NHS.

Petition for Men B vaccine to be available on NHS

A Gloucestershire MP is calling for a vaccination against a potentially deadly form of meningitis to be available on the NHS.

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has told Parliament that the Bexsero vaccine for Menengitis B was licensed last year, but was turned down by an NHS committee because it is not considered cost-effective.

He received a petition from Gloucestershire grandparents, who lost their 19-year-old grand-daughter to the disease.

Meningitis: What are the symptoms?

As a campaign for a meningitis vaccine to be made available on the NHS gathers momentum, a reminder of the symptoms to look out for:

Early symptoms

  • Severe headache
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Fever
  • Vomiting (being sick)
  • Feeling generally unwell

Later symptoms

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Seizures or fits
  • Being unable to tolerate bright lights
  • A stiff neck
  • A rapid breathing rate
  • A blotchy red rash that does not fade or change colour when you place a glass against it

For more information about meningitis and the campaign to find a cure, contact Meningitis Now

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