Sunday 23 October 2016

Meningitis vaccine under discussion

Published 14/04/2015 | 02:30


The vaccine which reduces the risk of children getting the potential killer B strain of meningitis is yet to be introduced free here.

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Negotiations will have to take place with the makers of the vaccine to agree on a price although it is available privately.

In the meantime parents should be alert for symptoms.There were 69 cases last year and three children died from this disease.

At least 10 children have contracted the B strain this year and all survived.

Babies and young children under five years of age are most at risk of developing bacterial meningitis.Check for:

• high fever, with cold hands and feet

• vomiting and refusal to feed

• feeling agitated and not wanting to be picked up. Feeling drowsy, floppy and unresponsive • Grunting or breathing rapidly

• Having an unusual high-pitched or moaning cry. Pale blotchy skin, and a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it. Tense bulging soft spot on their head (fontanelle)

• A stiff neck and dislike bright lights

• Having convulsions or seizures

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