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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

UK Babies To Get New Meningitis B Vaccine

A new vaccine to prevent meningitis B is to be offered to babies from the age of two months in the first national and publicly-funded programme of its kind in the world.

Some 1,200 people, mainly babies and children, contract meningitis B each year, with around one in 10 dying from the infection and others suffering from permanent disabilities.

The NHS is to make available new vaccine Bexsero immediately to babies at two months, with a second dose at four months and a booster at 12 months.

There will also be a short-term catch-up programme throughout this month for babies due three and four-month vaccination.

"Meningitis B Vaccination IntroduThe jab, which has been delayed by rows over cost, also protects against infection by meningococcal group B bacteria, which can cause meningitis and septicaemia or blood poisoning.

Tests suggest the vaccine will protect against around 90% of the Men B strains seen in the UK.

One of the first babies to be given the new vaccination is Daisy, the granddaughter of Dr Jane Wells, a lifelong meningitis campaigner, who co-founded the charity now known as Meningitis Now, after her son Dan suffered meningitis as a baby and teenager.

Dr Wells said: "I'm so pleased that Daisy will benefit from the vaccine, it's the perfect gift.

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