East Yorkshire parents contact meningitis charity for vaccination advice

Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by KCFM

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East Yorkshire parents are among hundreds calling a meningitis charity, asking where they can get the Meningitis B vaccination for their children privately.

It’s after the government rejected calls for children up to the age of 11 to be vaccinated against the disease, despite over 800,000 people signing a petition.

They’re blaming cost-effectiveness as a reason not to expand.

Claire Wright from Meningitis Foundation Research says the decision is disappointing: “Although we understand the NHS budget is strict, we are arguing that the current cost-effectiveness rules undervalue the prevention of severe illness in childhood, such as meningitis.”

She says it’s a serious illness that needs tackling: “The symptoms, when they come on, can be hard to recognise at first and then the disease can progress very fast. So this is something that strikes fear into the heart of every parent and we certainly feel the need, the desire and the demand for this vaccine is very clear.”

KCFM

Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by KCFM

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