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Since January 2013, when a new vaccine against meningitis B received a European license, we have been campaigning for its introduction into the childhood immunisation programme here in the UK. Our campaign has travelled the length and breadth of the country, including a visit to Downing Street to deliver the first 20,000 signatures of our petition.
No decision has yet been made by the UK government but bringing in the vaccine is still very much an option. We will keep campaigning, with the public and politicians, until this vaccine is introduced.
On this page you can find out more about the campaign timeline, our work with MPs and how to get involved. Sign the petition if you can or donate by texting MenB10 (and the amount you wish to give) to 70070 and help us Beat it Now.
All vaccines are considered by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) before they are recommended for use. The committee is made up of medical experts and they consider many things, such as evidence, cost and effectiveness. The meningococcal B vaccine, Bexsero, was first considered in June this year.
Make your voice heard and help save lives - support our Meningitis B: Beat it Now! campaign to bring in the vaccine. Please sign our petition and write to your MP today. Together we can make a difference and save lives.
Our Executive Founder, Steve Dayman, lost his son Spencer (pictured right) to MenB when he was just 14 months old. Since Spencer's death Steve has spent the last 30 years fighting to find a vaccine.During that time Steve has travelled the UK meeting other families affected by MenB.
In April 2012 he met Tommy (pictured left) and his family. Tommy's young life was changed in just a few hours by meningitis – leaving him without three limbs and any fingers on his remaining hand. He's a fighter, but will require lifelong support.
These are just two families affected by this dreadul disease. Please help us to stop others having to face the devastation and destruction caused by meningitis. Please sign the petition and support us in our work.
Please support our Meningitis B: Beat it Now campaign to get the vaccine introduced quickly.
A number of MPs have given their support to our campaign. Take a look to see which MPs are involved and write to your MP to encourage their support here.
Meningitis Now is the new name for Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Trust. Our goals remain the same – saving lives and rebuilding futures.
Harley contracted meningitis when he was 4 years-old. Watch his story
Ask friends, family and colleagues to support the campaign.
Please download and print out this leaflet and take it out with you. It shows people why it's so important to support our petition.