Britain launches world’s first meningitis vaccine programme

London, Sep 1 (IANS) Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) on Tuesday became the world’s first public health body to agree to administer a new vaccine against the potentially deadly meningitis B infection.

Experts said the vaccine could potentially prevent over 4,000 cases of meningococcal disease in children under five in Britain, Xinhua reported.

Infants aged under one are most at risk of the infection, which is fatal one in 10 cases.

“We, along with our supporters, have campaigned for over two years to see the ground-breaking vaccine free on the NHS,” Steve Dayman, founder of the charity Meningitis Now said.

“I’m absolutely elated that we now have this vaccine being used to protect our babies. I’ve waited 33 years since losing my baby to the same strain for this day to happen.”

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