BOOTS has announced that it will introduce a limited quantity of Meningitis B vaccines in high-street stores to help parents protect their children from the deadly disease.
A global shortage meant that supplies of the Meningitis B vaccine Bexsero were stalled in January 2016, but now the jab is set to be provided to parents by the high-street pharmacy chain.
The jab became part of the NHS childhood immunisation programme in September 2015, although not all kids are offered the potentially life-saving vaccine.
In a controversial move, the free NHS injection was only made available for babies born on or after May 1 2015, meaning that thousands of British kids haven’t been protected from the disease.
Kids under one year old have been singled out as particularly vulnerable to Meningitis B, which can be deadly for babies and young children.
According to Public Health England, 57 per cent of 2014/2015 Meningitis B cases occurred in children in this age group, with one in ten cases resulting in death.
But there is now reassuring news for the parents of children who missed out on receiving the jab on the NHS.
Huge demand for the vaccination has led to Boots offering the life-saving jab privately in their stores, at £95 per dose, with a full vaccination requiring a course of two doses – at a total cost of £190.
However, to access the injections, which are in limited supply, you need to have signed up to a notification list which was created earlier this year.
Customers on the list are going to be contacted over the coming weeks and allocated a unique URL code which will enable them to book an appointment at their nearest Boots Pharmacy.
Whilst this is fine for parents who can afford to fork out for the jab, getting hold of a £190 vaccination is still difficult for many parents.
Liz Brown, CEO of charity Meningitis Now, said: “We welcome the fact that supplies of the lifesaving Men B vaccine is returning to Boots UK and other private clinics and hope that this will put downward pressure on pricing and reduce the over-inflated fees being asked in some practices.
“Whilst we recognise and acknowledge that there is a large group of parents that are willing and able to pay for the vaccine privately, we know that there are many that can’t afford to pay.”
Speaking in May, a spokeswoman for drugs company GSK said: “We are pleased to confirm that the constraints that impacted UK supplies of the meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero, during the first half of 2016 have now eased.
“We have advised private clinics that they can start new courses of vaccination for patients, commencing the beginning of June.
“We are aware that many private clinics have waiting lists for parents who wish to have their child vaccinated against meningitis B.
“Over the coming months, we will work closely with these clinics to ensure that they have sufficient supply to meet current demand.”
A growing campaign is demanding that the government starts offering the jab to all children, although the government recently hit back by saying that it wouldn’t be a good use of NHS money.
Symptoms of the disease include high fever, cold hands and feet, confusion, vomiting and headaches – and parents of young children have been urged to look out for these telltale signs in their kids.
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