AFTER MENINGITIS B DEATH
What is meningitis?
his left hand, Julie, 43, says: “It’s disgusting the vaccine isn’t given to all children. Meningitis changed our lives completely. The day Tommy got meningitis it killed me. I had never seen anything like it.”
It’s not only MenB vaccines these parents want given to all children – there is clear evidence the C strain inoculation
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Some bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning).
10 per cent of bacterial cases of meningitis result in death.
One in three of those who survive bacterial meningitis are left with aftereffects such as brain damage, hearing and sight loss, and where septicaemia has occurred, loss of limbs and scarring.
Bacterial meningitis kills more UK children under the age of five than any other infectious disease.
Viral meningitis is usually less serious than the bacterial sort, but it can still leave people with long-lasting after-effects such as headaches, fatigue and memory problems.
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for 12-week-old babies needs to be brought back.
The NHS stopped it in 2016, claiming the disease had been eradicated. But new figures from Public Health England on Friday show the number of MenC cases in children under one has shot up from just one in 2015/16 to 15 in 2017/18. Mark Hunt, of the
charity Meningitis Now, said: “The MenC level of increase is deeply concerning.”
Vikki Mitchell and Paul Gott saw ninemonth-old daughter Kia lose all four limbs when she contracted MenC in September last year – three months before she would have got the NHS Hib/ MenC jab. Now nearly two, Kia has 90 per cent brain damage, is registered blind and suffers from epilepsy – one of the worst MenC cases in 25 years. Vikki, 31, of Bradford said: “We’ve looked at the statistics. Since they stopped the vaccine for newborns, there’s been an increase. It is devastating families’ lives.”
Meanwhile, Kirsty says she will go private to give her youngest, seven-weekold son Enver-Jax, the MenC jab after what happened to Layla-Rose.
Charity Meningitis Now chief Dr Tom Nutt told us: “We are very conscious the Men B vaccine is not being offered to all at-risk groups.
Dr Mary Ramsay, deputy director for immunisation at Public Health England, said: “We have one of the most comprehensive meningococcal immunisation programmes in the world.
“In the UK, meningococcal disease is now very rare across all age groups.”
MUM KIRSTY ON NIGHT SHE LOST HER DAUGHTER
Layla-Rose in hospital just four hours before she died of meningitis B Faye’s life support was turned off after battle Baby Kia lost all four limbs through MenC