I have written a helpful article about Meningitis and why the Meningitis B vaccine is so important.
Sadly a lot of private practices are cashing in on the fact that it has taken the Government so long to agree a price. The official cost of the vaccine is 75 per dose, but people are being hugely overcharged. There is now agreement and the vaccine will be available on the NHS by the end of the year, but that is still months a way.
The following article explains about the signs and symptoms of meningitis, what to look out for and what to do.Meningitis
Useful Links: Meningitis Research Foundation http://www.meningitis.org/
and to Meningitis Trust http://www.meningitis-trust.org/?gclid= ... tAodunsAkA
Meningitis is swelling of the Meninges; the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord, the inflammation usually results from an infection.
A meningitis vaccine is currently part of the routine immunisations but it doesn’t cover all available strains.
Men B vaccine – why it is so important:
Meningococcal Group B is the most common cause of Meningitis and we are still waiting for the vaccine to be routinely available on the NHS.
Meningitis B is currently responsible for the following:
1761 cases of MenB in UK per year
10% of survivors will have a major disability including amputations, brain damage and hearing loss
33% of survivors will have minor deficits including psychological disorders & reduced IQ
Meningitis and Septicaemia can happen to anyone of any age, but babies and toddlers account for 50% of cases and adolescents too, are often particularly at risk.
Meningitis is usually bacterial or viral, and occasionally is due to fungal infections, although almost any microbe can cause it.
Viral meningitis can be very unpleasant but is rarely life threatening and most people make a full recovery.
Bacterial meningitis is more serious and can be caused by a range of different bacteria.
Meningitis and Septicaemia (Sepsis) can be hard to recognise at first as early symptoms are similar to flu and other common illnesses.
Key signs of meningitis to look out for in babies and children:
Please read more at: http://www.firstaidforlife.org.uk/men-b-vaccine-important/
First Aid for Lifehttp://www.firstaidforlife.org.uk