Turning 18 was the most exciting time of my life. I was looking forward to making the most of becoming an 'official' adult and spending as much time going out with my friends as possible. Those turning 18 or off to university this year are probably feeling full of this excitement and the joys of not knowing what's around the corner - gearing up to start an amazing new chapter...
As this zombie parliament staggers towards the exit, we must ask why ministers have failed to introduce the vaccine that we know could eradicate Meningitis B. Negotiations over the price that ministers are prepared to pay for this life saving vaccine have been underway since last summer, after the vaccine was approved, yet they still have not reached an agreement.
Meningococcal B infection has for decades been the single largest cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK, and a leading cause of death and disability in young children. It is feared by parents and health professionals alike because it is difficult to diagnose, strikes without warning and can kill a healthy child within hours. Prevention is key
It is vital that UK students are aware that there is a new freely available Meningitis C booster, which they need before they head off to university... New students are at increased risk of encountering the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease because they are often living in busy halls of residence and in close contact with other new students during fresher's week.
Moving photographs of meningitis survivors getting on with their lives were launched yesterday in a new online exhibition called Focus on Meningitis. The exhibition, created by the international charity Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is a mixture of professional and amateur photographs and marks the charity's 25th anniversary this month.