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To be upset that the vaccine for Meningitis B has been rejected due to cost

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MrsSeanBean1 Mon 10-Feb-14 00:17:45

I was very upset to learn a few days ago that the vaccine for meningitis B (the worst strain) was rejected due to cost. This disease is the leading cause of death and disability in children under 5 and anyone who has seen photos of the poor children who have had to have limbs amputated know how devastating it can be.

I am seriously considering saving up and getting the vaccination privately (along with the chicken pox jab) for my 2 year old. Has anyone done this or is considering it?

juniper44 Mon 10-Feb-14 00:21:30

I know absolutely nothing about this subject, but I do believe in the NHS. If the vaccine was cost effective then they would go ahead with it. Perhaps it doesn't have a great success rate?

I don't know, but I do know the NHS is money driven, but on a grand scheme. It may be cheaper to not immunise now, but if it'll cost more down the line then they'll push it through.

holidaysarenice Mon 10-Feb-14 00:24:04

Exactly, it has to be cost effective to fit the vaccine programme.

There are many vaccines/screening programmes not used for this reason.

Eg rsv vaccine is only used in prem or immunocomprimised babies but it is a leading resp infection.

MrsSeanBean1 Mon 10-Feb-14 00:25:10

juniper44 Mon 10-Feb-14 00:48:03

With regards to the chicken pox jab, YABU

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 10-Feb-14 00:58:00

We live in a country with the chicken pox jab as standard. Guess what? DD has had the job and chicken pox. Some vaccines are really not effective.

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