Disease causes ‘terrible misery’ – top doc
A LEADING paediatric intensive care consultant has told how he has spent 30 years witnessing the “terrible misery caused by meningitis”.
In 2016, Dr Simon Nadel – who works at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, West London, campaigned for the meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children under five. He warns parents of the terrifying speed with which the disease can take their children if unvaccinated. “The initial features can be very unspecific and it can progress very rapidly,” he says. “The trouble is the infection can appear like flu at the start. A few hours can make all the difference.” Dr Nadel said that most people will make a full recovery, but some children don’t. “The trouble is, the disease has such a rapid progression. To get the jab is expensive. It can be up to £250 to go privately.
“That sounds like a lot of money, but when you are talking about lives it’s not a huge amount.”
He said he understood why families were “very upset” about the Government restrictions on vaccination.
“Is it fair that people who can afford it can go and get it and others can’t? That’s the issue,” he added.