Dis­ease causes ‘ter­ri­ble mis­ery’ – top doc

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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.

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