Petition launched in Cumbria

Petition launched in Cumbria

19 February 2013

Stuart McDougall from the Asante Sana Foundation (a charity which supports people in West Cumbria and abroad) has launched a petition calling on the government to ensure the new Men B vaccine is introduced into the childhood immunisation programme as soon as possible.

Stuart who is being supported by Meningitis Research Foundation wants to collect more than 10,000 signatures by June, when the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) meets to make a decision on the vaccine. He hopes the petition will illustrate to the JCVI how many people in Cumbria and the rest of the UK wish to see this vaccine given to their children.

The petition has been backed by MRF supporter and Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham, the outgoing director for public health in Cumbria Dr Nigel Calvert, Maryport’s Netherhall School, Workington Town Rugby Football Club and other schools, Universities and businesses across Cumbria.

Sir Tony Cunningham said in the Times and Star last week: “ It is vitally important to get the vaccine added to the immunisation programme. I have put down questions in the House of Commons, asking the Secretary of State for Health to confirm a timescale for the vaccine being introduced as soon as possible.”

Stuart said: “I know MRF have already handed their 'Counting the Cost of Meningitis' petition in to the Governement but we wanted to send one as well as so many people have been affected by the disease in our region. This vaccine is extremely important and it needs to be introduced as soon as possible. Too many children are dying from this disease and many of those who do survive are left with terrible lifetime after effects. Hundreds of people have already signed the petition, with copies being available across Britain and even an English pub in Benidorm but we need everyone’s help to make sure we reach 10,000 names by June.”

To request a copy of the petition please email: or download one from the Facebook Group here – Meningitis B petition

Photo caption: Stuart McDougall, dropped into Maryport’s Netherhall School to leave a copy of his petition calling on the Government to fast track the national roll-out of a new meningitis B drug treatment.

From left: petition helper Charlotte Sievewright, headteacher Jonathan Johnson, head boy Kieran Thompson, Larissa Cremins, Stuart McDougall, Alexander Cuthell, head girl Alice Fidler, and petition helper Paul Little

Picture credit: Times and Star

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