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Grieving father accuses government of doing 'absolutely nothing' on meningitis B

The father of a toddler from Maidstone who died from meningitis B one year ago has accused the Government of doing 'absolutely nothing' since her death.

Faye Burdett was just two years old when she died. Her death led to more than eight hundred thousand people signing a petition backing her parents' campaign for all children to be vaccinated.

The Department of Health says more than one million babies have been immunised in the last two years. But campaigners want all children under five years old - not just babies - to be given the vaccine.

Abigail Bracken's report includes an interview with Faye Burdett's father Neil, and Steve Dayman of Meningitis Now. Viewers may find some of the images in the report distressing.

Woman, sent home with 'stomach bug', had meningitis

Sophie Royce, 23, was told she had a stomach bug. But she really had meningococcal septicaemia, and lost her toes and fingertips. She told her story to Fred and Sangeeta. Sophie is helping the Meningitis Research Foundation to raise awareness.

Scientists develop new test to check for meningitis

It's a disease that can strike quickly - and can kill. And, there are two main types of meningitis: bacterial and viral. Both affect the brain - and the first is potentially fatal.

The signs of meningitis are quite varied. Sudden fever, double vision, sensitivity to bright light and a stiff neck.

There's also the glass test, which many parents know about. If there's a rash, you get a glass and press it firmly against the skin. If it doesn't disappear - that can be a sign of meningitis.

Now, though, scientists are developing a new test that can detect the disease more quickly. That's good news for the mother of one young child from West Sussex who says spotting the signs early is crucial. Kevin Ashford reports.

Find out more about meningitis here.


Children still at risk, warns father whose daughter died from meningitis

Many children are still at risk from meningitis according to the father of a Kent toddler who died from the disease.

Neil Burdett's two-year old daughter, Faye, died earlier this year after fighting the infection for eleven days. He says the NHS should still be vaccinating all children under five. A year ago it introduced jabs for babies.

Derek Johnson reports.

Toddlers waddle in support of Faye Burdett's Meningitis campaign

Parents and children have come out in support of a family battling for the Meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children - after their daughter died from the illness earlier this year.

An online petition calling for the move has become the most signed in Parliamentary history, following the death of two year old Faye Burdett in February.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Faye's parents Neil and Jenny, and Rachel Cattell, organiser of today's event.

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