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Life-saving meningitis vaccine should be free say mums

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

Life-saving meningitis vaccine should be free say mums
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MUMS are calling on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to make a life-saving meningitis vaccine available free on the NHS.

Only one in three parents say they can afford to buy the Bexsero vaccine for their children, according to a new survey.

Yet 95% are in favour of vaccines that protect against meningitis being offered free to all children through the NHS.

Results showed that 30% more people from London and the South East, compared with the rest of the country, said they could afford the vaccine, which can cost up to £600 per child – a figure supported by the fact that over 64% of private vaccine sales to date are in London and the South East.

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The survey of 1,000 Mumsnet parents was commissioned by national charity Meningitis Now.

Sue Davie, chief executive of Meningitis Now, said: “The mothers who took part in this survey are sending a very clear message – that Government should act now to protect our babies and children, put their lives before cost and introduce the Meningitis B vaccine free on the NHS.”

Bexsero, is currently only available privately in the UK. Meningitis Now is spearheading the Beat it Now! campaign to make it available free on the NHS and recently delivered a 36,500-signature petition to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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