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UK to roll out meningitis B vaccination campaign

Every baby in Britain could soon be protected against meningitis B, after the government announced the UK would become the first country in the world to provide universal vaccine coverage against the killer disease. [s]The Independent[/s] reports that the [b]UK Department of Health[/b] has recommended that the vaccine [b]Bexsero[/b] should be added to the childhood vaccination schedule, after health advisors overturned previous guidance which had claimed it would not be cost-effective. The government will now enter into negotiations with Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, which developed and manufactures the vaccine, over the cost of the roll-out, with a view to immunising all infants at two months of age.

[link url=http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/britain-could-be-the-first-country-in-the-world-to-vaccinate-every-baby-against-meningitis-b-9208694.html]Full report in The Independent[/link]

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