So we have all heard about the Meningitis B. Last year Meningitis B featured in the headlines. 823,348 people signed the petition to call on the government to act and vaccinate children under the age of 11 against this deadly strain of meningitis.

Meningitis.org state “For decades, MenB has been the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK and Ireland. Today, meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia remain the leading infectious cause of death for children under five in the UK”

Currently, the Meningitis B vaccine is available on the NHS for babies aged 2 months, followed by further doses at 4 months and a booster at 12 months. This is part of the childhood immunisation programme (since 1/9/2015).

However, if your baby was born on or after 1/5/2015 you are still eligible.

As a mum to a happy thriving 17-month-old and a lively 5-year-old, I have a dilemma, like so many other parents out there. My 17-month-old is vaccinated, but my 5-year isn’t. Thousands of parents/carers have had to pay privately for their ineligible children to be vaccinated. With each dose costing hundreds of pounds.

Meningitis.orgstate “The vaccine can be purchased privately in the UK and Ireland, so people who are not currently eligible for the vaccine on the NHS can get it if they pay for it”

In total 823,348 signatures were made, on the petition. Parliament debated this petition on 25/4/2016.

On the 25th April 2016, the House of Commons debated whether to extend the Men B vaccine. “During the debate, Health Minister, Jane Ellison MP, announced that – based on the evidence and advice that has been received – the Government cannot support extending the meningitis B vaccination programme to older children. But that doesn’t mean that the Government and Parliament won’t continue to look into this issue.”

To read the full response click here- https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/108072

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