Boyle welcomes approval of child meningitis B vaccine
Published: 30 March, 2015
Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the announcement from Health Minister Jim Wells that the potentially life-saving meningitis B vaccine programme will be introduced in the north.
Speaking after the announcement Ms Boyle said,
"I am delighted at the news of the introduction of this programme. Meningitis B is an extremely serious illness that can cause devastating consequences- this vaccine can prevent 82% of cases.
"This is very good news and I'm sure all prospective parents will welcome the introduction of a Men B vaccine to the routine childhood vaccination schedule."
"I would like to pay tribute to all the families who have lost love ones due to Meningitis B, for the hard work they put into achieving this. I would like to pay a special tribute to the family of young Terri Devine from Strabane who brought their campaign to both Stormont and Westminster where they presented elected representatives with a petition of over 22,000 signatures in support of their campaign.
"I would urge the Health minister to ensure the introduction of the vaccine is carefully planned and is in place as quickly as possible so that many lives can be saved from this terrible illness."