20,000 signature petition calls for introduction of meningitis vaccine in NHS
A 20,000-strong petition will today be handed in at Downing Street calling on the Government to introduce meningitis B vaccines for babies on the NHS.
Meningitis Now, the new name for the Gloucestershire-based Meningitis Trust, has gathered the petition.
The UK has one of the highest Meningitis B incidence rates in the world – affecting an average of 1,870 people each year – which accounts for almost 90 per cent of the UK's meningococcal cases.
The Beat it Now! campaign urges the Government to give the new meningitis B vaccine to all new babies on the NHS. The vaccine is being considered for introduction into the childhood immunisation programme by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
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Steve Dayman, executive founder of Meningitis Now, launched his 30-year fight against the disease after losing his baby, Spencer, to meningitis in 1982.
He said: "We may have a new name but we still have the same goals – the need for action now on developing and introducing new vaccines."
For more information on Meningitis Now and to support Beat it Now!, visit www.meningitisnow.org To donate text MenB10 to 70070.