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Grieving parents call on MPs to extend vaccination program to save lives

The parents of a toddler from Kent who died from meningitis B gave heartfelt evidence to MPs today, as they called for the vaccination programme to be expanded.

Faye Burdett's parents released a picture of their daughter in hospital as she fought the infection after the 2 year-old died on Valentine's Day this year.

Her death prompted hundreds of thousands of people to sign a petition backing the couple's campaign for the vaccination programme to be extended. Sarah Saunders reports.

Petition calls for meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children under 11

2-year-old Faye Burdett from Maidstone died form Meningitis B Credit: ITV Meridian

Today marks the closing date for a petition calling for the meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children under the age of 11.

The record-breaking petition has reached more than eight hundred thousand signatures and MP's will discuss the issue in parliament tomorrow.

It follows the death of two-year-old Faye Burdett from Maidstone.

Lee Booth, the man who started the petition says he's been overwhelmed by the response.


Campaigner who lost her legs to meningitis urges people to take up new vaccine

It can kill in hours - and leave survivors with devastating after effects.

A campaigner from Sussex who had both lower legs amputated after contracting Meningitis B is urging parents, to take up the new, free vaccine for babies.

Diana Man, who almost died and spent six months in hospital after she was diagnosed - says the UK's new vaccination programme against the commonest form of the disease could change lives.

Our reporter Sarah Saunders went to Uckfield to meet her.

New vaccine for meningitis B to be trialled

Doctors based at Southampton's university hospitals are trialling a new vaccine that could offer children across the UK “broad protection” against meningitis B.

The study, being conducted at the NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Southampton General Hospital, will investigate the effectiveness of the vaccine in 50 children and young people between the ages of 10 and 18.

This strain of meningitis, known as serogroup B, is a highly aggressive bacterial infection that causes swelling of the brain and spinal cord and can lead to brain damage or blood poisoning.

Professor Saul Faust is a specialist in children's immunology and infectious diseases at Southampton General Hospital and has worked on the vaccine.

He said, “This is an extremely exciting study of a vaccine that could prove to provide broad protection against meningitis B, which is the major cause of brain inflammation and blood poisoning in the UK."

A new vaccine for Meningitis B could be groundbreaking Credit: Press Association

Family calls for new Meningitis B vaccine

The Coneybeare family want a new Meningitis B vaccine made available to all children Credit: The Coneybeare family

The Coneybeare family from Caversham are backing a national campaign for a new vaccine, after their daughter, Eleanor, lost her leg to meningitis.

They are supporting the Beat it Now campaign to ask the Government to introduce a new vaccine against Meningitis B - one of the deadliest forms of the disease - available to all children.

Eleanor with parents Duncan and Alison Credit: The Coneybeare family

The new drug, Bexsero, is the first of its kind and received it licence for use in the UK in January. They also have the support of their MP, Rob Wilson (Con).