Faye Burdett's parents say government decision on meningitis vaccine is 'wrong'

Faye's parents Neil and Jenny Burdett. Credit: GMB/ITV

The parents of Faye Burdett, who died of Meningitis B, said that the government is "wrong" to not extend vaccinations to all children under 5.

In response to a petition signed by over 820,000 people, Health Minister Jane Ellison said: "I've been reassured that the programme we have is the right one, targeting the group of children at highest risk of disease and death.

"And (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation chairman Professor Andrew Pollard) confirmed the catch-up programme for one-to-four-year-olds would not be cost-effective at a realistic vaccine price."

Faye's father Neil Burdett told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "I don't understand it. There is frustration, a lot of frustration. But to put it down to financial....that's just wrong."

Faye died of meningitis in February when she was two years old.

Her parents made the decision to publish a photograph of her in hospital to raise awareness of the disease, which prompted the petition asking the government to vaccinate older children.

Her parents spoke to Susanna Reid about why they started the campaign.