Meningitis vaccine available for all babies

Babies are now being offered a vaccination against Meningitis B as part of the child immunisation programme.It follows a campaign led by Stroud based charity 'Meningitis Now' and backed by local families including the parents of Harmonie-Rose - the one year old from Bath who had to have all her limbs amputated because of the disease.

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'We need the vaccine': family of Harmonie-Rose speak out on meningitis

Harmonie-Rose's family want to save other children the pain she went through. Credit: Family

The family of a one-year-old girl from Bath who lost all her limbs to meningitis are supporting a campaign to make the meningitis B vaccine available on the NHS more quickly.

Harmonie-Rose Allen narrowly survived Meningitis B. The government has licensed a new vaccine for the disease but for now you can only pay for it privately - it is still not available on the NHS.

The UK has one of the world's highest rates of Meningitis B, which kills more under fives here than any other infectious disease. One in 10 die and at least one in three survivors suffer lifelong after-effects, including limb loss, brain damage, epilepsy, deafness and blindness.

Harmonie's aunt Hannah Hall told us that while it was "devastating" to know there was something that could have helped her niece, the family were determined to change things for other children.

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