Former England rugby kinship captain Matt Dawson has suggested his family went by “two weeks of hell” as his two-year-old son battled meningitis C.
Sam Dawson underwent diagnosis during Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The 2003 World Cup leader pronounced he motionless to pronounce out after a petition job for all children to be vaccinated opposite a B-strain of a infection gained 400,000 signatures .
But experts warned they indispensable to see how effective a vaccine would be.
The discuss was started after two-year-old Faye Burdett died from a B-strain.
In a array of tweets, 43-year-old Dawson, who played for Northampton and London Wasps during his bar career, said: “The 2 weeks of ruin we’ve only had cos of Meningitis. Sami propitious due to extraordinary people @GreatOrmondSt #vaccinateNOW.
“I contingency also store regard on @ChelwestFT [Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust] for their glorious AE and approval of Sami’s disease. We’re indebted.
“I ask one favour. Please review and pointer so fewer kids suffer.”
The government’s petition website states that any petition garnering some-more than 100,000 signatures will be deliberate for discuss in Parliament.
Faye’s story has been widely common on amicable media after her mom Jenny Burdett, from Maidstone, Kent, published photos of her daughter fibbing in her sanatorium bed lonesome in a rash.
She said: “We discuss for change in her memory. There needs to be a roll-out programme to immunize all children, during slightest adult to age 11.”
Vaccine newly introduced
A vaccine to strengthen opposite meningitis B became accessible on a NHS for children underneath a age of one in September, though relatives who wish to have comparison children vaccinated contingency compensate privately.
The UK is a initial nation to have introduced a Men B vaccine.
James Stuart, a visiting highbrow during a University of Bristol and a World Health Organisation advisor, warned: “We need to know how good a vaccine is working. So it might not be a time nonetheless to dilate a programme.”
Meanwhile, Professor of infection and shield during Great Ormond St Hospital and University College London, Nigel Klein, said: “We all wish [it] will be successful.
“However as nonetheless we unequivocally don’t know how effective it will be and if there are going to be any problems and this is a vital area of ongoing investigate upheld by a Meningitis Research Foundation.”
The Department of Health said: “When any new immunisation programme is introduced, there has to be a date to establish eligibility.”
What is Meningococcal Disease?
- Meningococcal illness is a many common means of bacterial meningitis in a UK
- It can means meningitis, flourishing of a surface that surrounds a mind and spinal cord and septicaemia, that is blood poisoning
- There are 5 categorical forms of Meningococcal Disease referred to as groups A, B, C, W and Y
- It is a bacterial infection that customarily affects children underneath a age of one. There are about 22 cases per 100,000 children in that age group
- Symptoms embody heat with cold hands and feet, confusion, queasiness and headaches
- With early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment, many people will make a full recovery
- It can be deadly in one in 10 cases – and about one in 3 of those who tarry are left with long-term problems such as amputation, deafness, epilepsy and training difficulties
- There are effective vaccines opposite a opposite groups of meningococcal illness but, before to September, there had not been a vaccine opposite organisation B accessible on a NHS
- Vaccinations can't forestall all forms of meningitis so it stays critical for relatives to be warning to a symptoms
Source: Meningitis Research Foundation