Men B Vaccine

Latest update: I hosted a delegation of parents who visited Parliament as part of the campaign for government to revisit the programme.

An application is being made for a Westminster Hall debate to highlight the importance of the issue and to press government in to reviewing the availability of the MenB vaccination.

 

 

In February 2017 six year old Layla-Rose Ermenekli from Hollinwood died just hours after contracting meningococcal meningitis. Had she been given the MenB vaccine she would still be alive today.

I am supporting the campaign being lead by Layla-Rose’s mum Kirsty and dad Ricky to ensure that all children are offered the potentially life saving vaccination.

Government do fund the MenB vaccination for babies born after 1 May 2015 aged 2 months, followed by a second dose at 4 months and a booster at 12 months, but young people born before May 2015 are not funded.

Uptake of the MenB vaccine for eligible children is high at 89%

A number of debates and written questions have been held in Parliament but government are as yet unwilling to expand the vaccination programme.

I hosted a delegation of parents who visited Parliament as part of the campaign for government to revisit the programme.

An application is being made for a Westminster Hall debate to highlight the importance of the issue and to press government in to reviewing the availability of the MenB vaccination.

What makes it worse perhaps is that not all children are equal. The vaccination is available from high street pharmacists costing around £220 for children and young adults from 2-21 years old.  A child born into a low income household will have parents struggling to meet the cost, particularly if they have other siblings.

You can read more about MenB vaccination availability by clicking here

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