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Call for Meningitis B vaccine
29 Mar 2015 23:11
A call for the introduction of a Meningitis B vaccine has been issued after authorities in Britain and Northern Ireland announced that they would introduce an immunisation programme there.
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The Department of Health has confirmed that it is considering a recommendation to introduce a vaccine against Meningitis B as part of the childhood immunisation programme.
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The news comes as authorities in the UK announced all children there will get immunised after a price was agreed with the vaccine manufacturer.
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The committee has said that if a cost effective agreement can be reached with the manufacturers then it should be introduced.
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In a statement to RTÉ the Department of Health said the recommendation was for introduction if a cost effective agreement can be reached with the manufacturer.
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Meningitis B is the most common bacterial meningitis infection in Ireland.
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It is considered a medical emergency and frequently causes death or severe disability in those who contract it.
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Campaign group ACT for Meningitis, a Galway based meningitis awareness group has called on the Department of Health to immediately include the vaccine in the childhood immunisation programme here.
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ACT CEO Siobhan Carroll who's 4-year-old daughter Aoibhe died of meningitis in 2008 said its vital the Government steps up to introduce the vaccine as time lost means lives lost.
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