I am hoping to be called to speak in the debate which is to be held in Westminster Hall today about the availability of a vaccine against Meningitis B. I hope to be able to raise the case of a young boy Charlie who attends the Sunday School at St. Anne’s and just two days after taking part in the Christingle in December was struck down with this terrible virus.
Fortunately he survived, but not before spending days in intensive care. Christmas and New Year were ruined. He faces many more trips to hospital as his condition continues to be monitored. His treatment will cost the NHS tens of thousands of pounds and it could have been avoided if he had been vaccinated. Babies up to 12 months are now being vaccinated but not those who are slightly older.