Great News - vaccine for deadly Meningitis B available soon free of charge
ACT for Meningitis along with their supporters welcome the news
that the Men B vaccine will now be offered to newborn babies for free as part of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule later this year in an announcement made by the Department of Health.
Ireland has the highest incidence of Meningitis B in Europe.
1 in 10 who contract the disease will die and 1 in 3 of those who survive will be left with serious side affects....
While anyone of any age can get Meningitis babies and children under 5 and teenagers are most at risk.
The Vaccine has been available privately in Ireland since 2013 at a very high cost to parents and the introduction of the Men B vaccine for babies at two months, four months and 13 months is a really positive development.
Siobhan Carroll CEO of ACT for Meningitis said "for all those who have been campaigning for the introduction of this vaccine, today is an important day in the fight against meningitis. I am absolutely delighted that we now have this vaccine being used to protect our babies but there is still so much more to do as we would like to see the Men B vaccine extended to other at risk age groups and a catch up programme rolled out"
Today is also an emotional day for those for whom the introduction of the vaccine is too late and our thoughts are with them. They are our inspiration and we will not give up on the fight against Meningitis.
Most importantly it is still vital that people get to know the signs and symptoms, remain vigilant and seek medical help immediately if they suspect meningitis.