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Meningitis vaccine campaigner Ken Robinson [Image: Sunderland Echo].

Meningitis vaccine campaigner Ken Robinson [Image: Sunderland Echo].

A father who lost his son to meningitis has hit out at the Government for not introducing a life-saving vaccine on the NHS almost a year after it was deemed safe to use, writes David Allison in the Sunderland Echo.

Meningitis B has for decades been the single largest cause of meningitis in the UK. A vaccine against MenB was recommended by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in March 2014 to be routinely given to children in the UK.

However almost a year on there are no signs that the vaccine will become part of childhood immunisation programme any time soon – after the maker of the vaccine and the Government failed to agree a price for its use.

Ken Robinson, of Newbottle, in Houghton… who has himself raised £80,000 towards meningitis research since his son Glenn’s death of the meningococcal septicaemia strain of the illness, aged 16 in 1997… told the Echo: “It’s absolutely ridiculous that this hasn’t been implemented a year on. You can’t put a price on a kid’s life.”

Read more on the Sunderland Echo website.

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