Include the new Meningitis B vaccine on the NHS

4 03 2013

 meningitis-b

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham is supporting the Meningitis UK’s “Beat it Now” campaign to include the newly licensed meningitis B vaccine Bexsero on the NHS.

He said “Every year parents across the north of Ireland are confronted with the horrifying impact of meningitis, which is fatal in one in ten cases and causes permanent impairment in one in every three cases. It is critical that everything is done to raise awareness and take early prevention measures, such as introducing vaccines.

“I fully support the campaign to make Bexsero, (the first licensed meningitis B vaccine), available to all children through the NHS. It is vital that parents have access to potentially life-saving vaccines as soon as possible.

“The joint committee on vaccination and immunisation, an independent expert advisory committee of the UK Department of Health, are due to consider the vaccine this summer. This vaccine could save tens of thousands of lives over the next decade and should be introduced as soon as possible.”

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