Despite the petition, it’s not looking hopeful that the Men B vaccine will be routine

Catching up on the Meningitis B stories that have been in the news recently, I came across this on the Guardian website:

Following recent publicity of older children affected by meningococcal disease, a petition calling for MenB vaccine to be offered to all children up to 11 years old has been signed by more individuals than any other in UK parliamentary history in the space of only a few days. Seeing the graphic images of desperately sick children in the news, it is no surprise that so many signatures have been gathered. No one would wish to deny any child protection against such a dreadful illness, which can not only kill a previously healthy child in a matter of hours, but can result in life-changing complications such as limb amputations. But according to these articles on the Guardian website…it looks like it all comes down to money (no surprise there!).

Men B vaccine not cost-effective

Why is the meningitis vaccine funded only for babies and are there any risks?

What do you think?

 

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