New meningitis vaccine drive ‘will save thousands of lives’
Babies, teenagers and students will start receiving potentially life-saving vaccination against meningitis within weeks in a move hailed as a turning point in the fight against the deadly disease.
Medical experts and charities working to beat meningitis welcomed the Department of Health’s confirmation that a major extension of the immunisation programme will begin in August. Dame Barbara Hakin of NHS England said the jabs “will save lives for years to come”.
All 17- and 18-year-olds will be offered a combined vaccine giving protection against four strains of the disease, Meningococcal A, C,... read more
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