SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

MRF welcomes new MenB vaccine introduction

MRF welcomes new MenB vaccine introduction. | Courtesy of americablog.com

The MRF recently welcomed the world’s first comprehensive vaccination program specifically dedicated to protecting babies from meningococcal B (MenB) meningitis as well as septicaemia with the immunization program in the U.K.

As of today, the U.K. is the leading nation in the world with meningitis and MenB vaccine protection.

The new vaccine will become part of routine vaccinations beginning on Sept. 1, 2015.

In 1999, the MenC vaccine was first introduced. Today, the strain is almost eliminated, and meningococcal disease cases within the U.K. vary between 747 and 2757 each year. Experts consider this range an underestimation of the actual figures because not all meningococcal cases are laboratory confirmed and not recorded.

Most of the remaining number of meningococcal disease is related to MenB. This deadly illness does not discriminate against age. It kills one out of every ten people, and its survivors are left with life-altering side effects, like brain damage, deafness, and loss of limbs. Young adults, children less than five years old, and babies are considered to have the highest risk for contracting the illness.

“We are delighted with the introduction of the new MenB vaccine as it has been at the top of this charity's agenda for many years,” Chris Head, CEO of MRF, said. “Our research and campaigning contributed to the adoption of the MenB vaccine in the U.K. We hope this vaccine will save many lives and spare countless families the trauma of seeing a loved one die or become seriously disabled because of MenB. Over the next decade this vaccine could potentially prevent up to 4,000 cases of meningococcal disease in children younger than five years in the U.K. However despite this welcome progress we must remind everyone there are still some forms of the disease which are not covered by vaccines so it is vital that people are still aware of the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.”

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Meningitis Research Foundation Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS35 2BS

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