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.
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:
- Severe headache
- Nausea (feeling sick)
- Vomiting (being sick)
- Feeling generally unwell
- 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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