Fight for lifesaving vaccine goes on
Meningitis Now has vowed to continue its fight for a Meningitis B vaccine, after the Government announced that it’s considering new evidence to support its introduction into the childhood immunisation schedule.
Meningitis Now Executive Founder, Steve Dayman, lost his son Spencer to meningitis in 1982. Responding to the news, he said: “We know that the Government wants to bring in vaccines that save lives and we welcome the news that they are looking at more evidence to support its introduction.
“But as we head into winter, cases of meningitis will increase and we are concerned that time lost is lives lost.
“Meningitis is the disease parents fear most and this vaccine is expected to wipe out at least 73 per cent of the most common form of bacterial meningitis in the UK. We launched our Beat it Now campaign earlier this year to bring in the vaccine as soon as possible.
“We know there is strong public support and we are urging everyone to sign our campaign petition now and to urge the government to introduce this new vaccine through the NHS without further delay.”
The Meningitis B vaccine was licensed for use in the UK in January, but in July the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published a statement saying that evidence was insufficient to substantiate its cost-effectiveness.
The charity was asked to comment and responded with its own detailed recommendations. This latest update shows that they are considering additional evidence and expect to report again in February 2014.
For more information on Meningitis Now visit www.MeningitisNow.org