A big anniversary thank you

8th September 2017

September 2015 saw a historic moment in the fight against meningitis in the UK when, after years of fighting with our Beat it Now! campaign, a vaccine for Men B was introduced into the Childhood Immunisation Programme – a milestone achievement

Anniversary

This development has since seen nearly two million children protected and a reduction of about 45 per cent in cases in vaccine-eligible children.

To mark this two-year anniversary and to say thank you to all our supporters who played their part in reaching this stage we’ve produced a short film, featuring some of those who have benefited from the Men B vaccination.

Disease protection

Tommy, Daisy, Rex, Benjamin, Emily, Jenson, Finley, Caitlyn, Euan, Jude, Erin and Tobias  popped into our offices to, in their own way, say thank you for helping to get them protected from this disease.

They were helped by leading performances from our co-founders, Jane Wells (with granddaughter Daisy) and Steve Dayman (with grandson Tommy).

Daisy was one of the first children to receive the Men B vaccination two years ago.

Thanking all our supporters Steve said: “I’m absolutely convinced that in the next 30 years bacterial meningitis will be confined to the text books.”

Don’t be complacent

Despite this progress our meningitis fight is not over yet and parents shouldn’t be complacent about meningitis.

 “This vaccine has and will save numerous lives”, Steve added “but there are still many types of meningitis which it does not protect against."

 “Children born before May 2015 remain unprotected and are at increased risk of catching this deadly and devastating disease up to the age of 5.”

Beat it Now! continues

Our Beat it Now! campaign to extend the use of this vaccine to all children under 5 continues and we are also calling on Government and GPs to extend the use to families where there has been a case of meningitis.

We are also keen to see an adolescent carriage study, first recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in February 2014, start later this year.

In the meantime, remaining vigilant to the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia  and seeking urgent medical attention if the disease is suspected are vital and can save lives.

Find out more about the signs and symptoms of meningitis, and download our free app.