Broken hearts, broken promise

We want greater access to the MenB vaccine in the UK so that more lives are saved – only babies are currently vaccinated.

We are achieving this by:

Fighting for Fairness

  • Changing the unfair rules that the government uses to make vaccine decisions so that more people can access vaccines in the future.

Protection for All

  • Helping to enable a study to determine if vaccinating adolescents – the main carriers of the meningitis bug – could protect everyone by stopping the spread.

In memory of Faye

For decades, MenB has been the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK and Ireland. Today, meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia remain the leading infectious cause of death for children under five in the UK.

Thanks to our continued efforts, babies are now being offered the MenB (meningococcal group B) vaccine as part of the routine immunisation schedule.

However, this only prevents around 25% of cases. Other age groups need protection too.

In March 2016, meningitis charities launched a ten point action plan for government. The action plan provided steps to enable real and meaningful decisions to be made about:  

  • Issues of fairness when evaluating the value of vaccines over a lifetime and how government money should be spent on vaccines
  • Vaccinating children up to the age of five years once fairer rules are in place to govern vaccine decisions
  • Vaccinating adolescents to reduce the amount of bacteria that cause meningitis being carried and spread in order to protect everyone (known as herd protection) 
After the death of two-year-old Faye Burdett one year ago from MenB, and the biggest ever public petition on health, the government promised to take steps towards these actions. They promised to review unfair vaccine rules that deny access to MenB vaccine for children over two years of age and start a study in adolescents.

Take Action

The government has broken a promise to review unfair rules that govern access to the MenB vaccine by 2016, delaying a key report by at least a year. If the rules had been fair, we estimate that 400 cases of MenB in the under 5s would have been avoided.

We want the report to be published urgently so that fairer decisions on vaccines can be made as quickly as possible. 

On the anniversary of Faye's death, February 14, MRF members and supporters retweeted our campaign message, which is still pinned at:



Progress so far

How we got here

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