SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Charity pushes for meningitis vaccines

Charity pushes for meningitis vaccines. | Courtesy of medicalexpo.com
The Meningitis Research Foundation, an international charity organization, recently encouraged the public to take advantage of the new, free meningitis vaccines that will be offered from Sept. 14 to 20, which is Meningitis Awareness Week.

The free vaccines are available for first time university students, teenagers and babies.

As of Sept. 1, the U.K. launched its comprehensive vaccination program against meningococcal B (MenB) meningitis as well as septicemia. This is the first program of its kind in the world, and it is specifically dedicated to infants.

MenB, a deadly illness, can infect anyone, but young adults, children less than five years old, and babies have the highest risk of contracting the illness.

“MRF’s pioneering research has contributed to the adoption of the MenB vaccine in the U.K. and identified the cause of the rise in MenW, so we’re delighted with the introduction of these new vaccines which we hope will further reduce the number of cases in the U.K.,” Christ Head, the charity’s CEO, said. “However we wish to remind the public that there are still some forms of the disease which are not covered by these vaccines so it is vital that people are still aware of the symptoms of meningitis and septicemia.”

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Meningitis Research Foundation Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS35 2BS

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