Portsmouth MP rallies behind campaign to extend Meningitis vaccination programme

PORTSMOUTH South MP Flick Drummond has backed calls by campaigners for children up to 11 to be given the meningitis B vaccine.

Thursday, 5th May 2016, 6:05 am

MPs debated the issue following a petition signed by more than 800,000 people calling for the jab to be given not just to those under one, but to older children.

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The government said the present system was the right one that was targeting new-borns who were the most high risk group, and to vaccinate older children wouldn’t be cost effective.

But Mrs Drummond said: ‘I very much understand that the government must ensure that any vaccination programme offers the best outcomes for the cost of what is an expensive vaccine but, in this case, I think that it would be in the best interests of everyone to ensure that all children up to 11 receive it.

‘This is a terrible disease that causes death and severe disability in children of all ages and it can be prevented by this vaccination, so I urge the government to look again at its decision.’