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The Department of Health has announced that it is working to introduce the Meningitis B vaccine to the childhood vaccination programme.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have recommended that the vaccine is introduced into the Childhood Immunisation Programme for infants, subject to agreement on cost. The Government will now begin negotiations with the vaccine company Novartis.
This is great news. Read the full press release.
You have been the driving force behind this campaign and we know that our voice has made a difference to the decision. During the many years we have been involved in the fight against meningitis; thousands of families have suffered. We know it comes too late for many, but our legacy is that future generations will be protected.
In the last year, as part of the Beat it Now! campaign, you have:
Today is a huge step forward and we urge the Department of Health and the vaccine company to reach agreement as quickly as possible. Time lost is lives lost.
We will work with the Department of Health on the implementation as soon as negotiations are completed. This vaccine will save many lives and we will celebrate properly when the first jab is given to the first baby free on the NHS.
We will also help in any way we can to support a timely and effective adolescent study.
While this is a great step forward there is still much work to be done and we need your help.
Together we have to: