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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