Meningitis B vaccination rationed. If you have a large family consider purchasing.

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.

Kat Lay reported in the Times 4th April 2018: Warning as Hector Kirkham, 3, dies of meningitis

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.

 

 

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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