Hertfordshire private GP The Thornhill Clinic is now offering parents the chance to give their children the meningitis B vaccine, which is currently not yet available on the NHS.
The group B bacteria is one of the causes of life-threatening blood poisoning and meningitis, and is in fact the leading infectious killer of young children in this country. Approximately 1,200 people – typically children and babies – get group B meningitis each year, with about one in ten dying as a result.
Many of those who do survive often suffer disabilities such as brain damage, loss of limbs and epilepsy.
Late last month, health secretary Jeremy Hunt unveiled an agreement with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to supply the meningitis B vaccine for babies from two months of age. This was recommended in 2014 but it was put on hold because the committee believed it wasn’t cost effective.
Following a campaign, however, the committee was pressed to reconsider its decision and now the UK is set to become the first country in the world to include the jab as part of its routine childhood vaccination programme.
The vaccine will be available on the NHS from September of this year, but until then you can come and have your children vaccinated at the Thornhill Clinic, where a team of highly qualified and professional doctors and nurses will be on hand to help with the process and answer any questions you might have about the vaccination, meningitis in general and any other health concerns you have.