Government to consider meningitis immunisation

Government to consider meningitis immunisation

Government has indicated that it will consider the introduction of an immunisation programme against meningitisfor children under the age of 11 year.

Ministers have indicated that they will debate introduction of vacancies for the disease after 700,000 people signed a petition calling urging them to take action. The petition recommends government to make sure that all children up to the age of 11 get the Meningitis B vaccine and not just newborn babies. It is the biggest petition of kits kind on government website.

The public support for the petition increased after a campaign showed photographs of 2 year old Faye Burdett from Kent and 7 year old Mason Timminsfrom the West Midlands, who died of the infection.The Petitions Committee has agreed to schedule a debate but it also said that the House of Commons should get to hear from the affected families and also from medical experts. The panel said that it will soon announce more details in the coming time.

Experts said that there are increasing numbers of families contacting them who want their children vaccinated.