No child’s life should have a price put on it

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£157mil­lion a year – against more than £1bil­lion for pro­tect­ing all chil­dren, with Brexsero cost­ing the NHS £75 per dose. “Of­fer­ing the vac­cine out­side of JCVI’s ad­vice would not be cost ef­fec­tive, and would not there­fore rep­re­sent a good use of NHS re­sources,” a DoH state­ment said.

In re­sponse to the pe­ti­tion, the Gov­ern­ment promised a re­port into the cost-ef­fec­tive­ness of vac­ci­na­tions.

In Fe­bru­ary this year, after a two year de­lay – it was fi­nally pub­lished, with Pub­lic Health and Pri­mary Care min­is­ter Steve Brine say­ing it was un­likely to change the Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy on menin­gi­tis B.

That came as lit­tle com­fort to the Georgie and Bryan Hall, 44, the par­ents of six-year-old Oliver who died from menin­gi­tis B last year.

They have also thrown their back­ing be­hind the vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign. Mum Georgie, 38, of Halesworth, Suf­folk, said: “It’s heart­break­ing be­cause it does make you feel like it’s putting a price on your child’s life. It is go­ing to catch up with some­body else.” Mum-of-five Julie Tuck­ley, from Wal­sall, West Mids, also joined the cam­paign after her son Tommy, now seven, was given just a five per cent chance of sur­vival after get­ting MenB at five months old in 2011.

He is still learn­ing to live with­out both legs, one arm and the fin­gers on

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