Meningitis B vaccine has come in recently, and at a cost approaching £100 per shot. Newborn infants get it early, along with Meningitis C and other vaccines. If you have a large young family it is well worth considering purchasing the vaccine privately. Although the risks are low, could you live with yourself if you could have avoided a case in your children?
The response to the debate on Men B is summarised by a disappointed “Meningitis Now”. They are most disappointed that rationing has continued despite a petition of 820,000 people.
The parents of a three-year-old boy who died 12 hours after showing symptoms of meningitis B have warned other families to look out for signs.
Hector Kirkham’s parents, Charlotte and Lee, said: “Hector became very poorly very fast from contracting meningococcal septicaemia. Hector’s symptoms of sickness and a temperature only presented 12 hours before we sadly lost the love of our lives.
“We urge all parents to be vigilant about any symptoms that point towards meningitis. Please, please seek urgent medical advice, don’t delay.”
A second boy, aged four, was also taken to hospital with the illness and discharged yesterday. Both children attended Little Learners nursery and preschool in Galgate, Lancashire, and were taken to hospital on March 27. They are said to have been to the same birthday party.
Babies under one have been vaccinated against meningitis B since September 2015. It is spread by coughing and sneezing and symptoms include fever, headache, heavy breathing, vomiting and cold hands and feet. About one sufferer in ten will die.
Staff and children at Little Learners have been offered antibiotics.