THE decision to give babies a vaccination against meningitis B on the NHS has been welcomed by a County Durham MP.
Easington MP Grahame Morris has welcomed the Government’s decision to give all infants the jab for free and was among the 135 MPs to support the Beat it Now! campaign led by the charity Meningitis Now.
Mr Morris said: “Many families in my constituency have been touched by meningitis in some way and there is no doubt that this vaccine will save lives.
“There is still some way to go as the Government now needs to reach an agreement with the vaccine company.
“I look forward to the day that the first child receives the meningitis B jab free on the NHS.”
The UK has one of the highest Meningitis B incidence rates in the world, affecting an average of 1,870 people each year over the last 10 years, most of whom are babies and children.
Meningitis B accounts for 50 per cent of the total cases of bacterial meningitis in the UK.
Meningitis Now has been campaigning to bring in the B vaccine since January 2013 and collected 36,500 signatures on a petition.
The vaccine was licensed for use in the UK in January 2013 and has been considered twice by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) before this reccomendation, subject to agreement on price.