Meningitis Now are continuing to fight for the introduction of a life-saving vaccine for meningitis B, after an announcement stated that analysis of further evidence is required before a decision can be made on its use.
On Wednesday 23rd October Meningitis Now delivered the first 20,000 petition signatures to Downing Street as part of their on-going Beat it Now! campaign, which is calling for the introduction of the vaccine into the childhood immunisation programme. This was followed by a reception in the House of Commons asking for MPs to support the campaign.
The meningitis B vaccine was licensed for use in the UK in January this year, but in July the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published a statement saying that evidence was insufficient to substantiate its cost-effectiveness. Meningitis Now responded with their own detailed recommendations to the JCVI and these are being considered in the JCVI’s current deliberations.
Meningitis Now’s Chief Executive, Sue, says: “This statement shows that our campaigning is working, with the JCVI considering the new information submitted during the consultation. This means that the vaccine is still very much an option. That’s why Meningitis Now will keep campaigning, with the public and politicians, until this vaccine is introduced into the routine childhood immunisation programme. Time lost is lives lost and we are urging people who haven’t done so, to sign our petition today.”
There are plenty of ways you can help Meningitis Now today. Visit www.Beat-It-Now.org to sign their petition, then spread the word with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter encouraging them to do the same. You can also write to your own MP or Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt using their template letter.
For more information on Meningitis Now, the disease and how to support Beat it Now!, visit www.Beat-It-Now.org, and to help fund the campaign text MenB10 to 70070.