08 April 2015
The UK Government has Introduced Meningitis B Vaccine
Over 12 months ago the Government were independently advised that the meningitis B (MenB) vaccine should be introduced across the country for babies from two months of age. This is now to be put in place.
Whilst meningitis is rare, it can result in catastrophic complications such as limb amputation, deafness, epilepsy and learning difficulties for one in four patients, and is fatal for one in ten.
Such life changing complications can be avoided through the vaccine and may also protect against other strains of meningitis.
Patient safety will be greatly improved with the introduction of the MenB vaccine and will reduce the risks, protecting all babies soon after birth and before their first birthdays.
We are acting for many individuals who have suffered substandard clinical care resulting in meningitis complications and the NHS has to demonstrate clearly and effectively the improvements being made to improve patient safety.
Clinical Negligence Solicitor Tim Deeming said, “It is fantastic that the Government has now agreed to put such a vaccine programme in place to protect babies going forward, but questions have to be asked as to why it took such a long time for this to take effect to protect patients, given the independent recommendations. Such vaccines provide enhanced protection but we all need to be aware of the early signs of different strains of meningitis and I would recommend downloading the Meningitis Now app and signs card as they can be life changing.”
Tim Deeming is a Senior Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Cambridge. He supports patients and their families following substandard clinical care.
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