Meningitis B vaccine

Meningitis B is currently the most common strain of bacteria causing Meningitis, yet the vaccine is not currently part of the routine vaccination schedule in the UK. Meningitis C is covered within the routine vaccination schedule but less commonly causes Meningitis infections. Meningitis is an infection of the Meninges which is the lining of the brain. Meningitis B, if contracted, spreads such that a child can quickly become unwell needing treatment in hospital. The disease is fatal in 1 in 10 people. The complications of Meningitis include brain damage, amputation and hearing loss. There are an estimated 3223 cases of bacterial meningitis in the UK each year, 1761 of which are caused by the Meningitis B strain.

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