Unfortunately for many children the Meningitis B vaccination isn't available to them. After the recent news stories about the tragic death of Faye Burdett and rugby star Matt Dawson's son also contracting meningitis, the disease is again at the forefront of every parents minds and there is now a campaign to get the vaccine available to all children.
However, if you want your child vaccinated and your child doesn't fall under this criteria then you have to pay for the vaccination if you want your child protected. Children who were born before 1st May 2015 are not eligible to be vaccinated on the NHS, but have the option of paying to be vaccinated privately. Unfortunately, due to high demand for the vaccine, there is currently a shortage in the private vaccine supply for new patients.
SYMPTOMS OF MENINGITIS;
- a fever, with cold hands and feet
- drowsiness and difficulty waking up
- confusion and irritability
- severe muscle pain
- pale, blotchy skin, and a distinctive rash (although not everyone will have this)
- a severe headache
- stiff neck
- sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- convulsion or seizures
A person with septicaemia may have a rash of tiny pin pricks that later develops into purple bruising.
The Meningitis Research Foundation says that Meningitis B is - the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK.