Tragic case of MenB in a West Yorkshire teenager

09 Feb 2018
Tragic case of MenB in a West Yorkshire teenager

It’s been reported that a 19 year old, Lewis Hilton from West Yorkshire, has tragically died from meningococcal B meningitis or septicaemia (MenB).

The thoughts of everyone at Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Babies and young children under five are the age groups at highest risk of meningitis and septicaemia, but teenagers are the next most at risk.

Introducing the MenB vaccine into the UK immunisation schedule for babies in 2015 was a major step forward. However, only about one quarter of all cases occur in the under ones, leaving older age groups unprotected from MenB.

In the UK, teenagers are more likely to ‘carry’ the meningococcal bacteria in the back of their nose and throat than any other age group and they can unknowingly spread it to others. MRF is supporting a new national study that will evaluate whether vaccinating teenagers against MenB could prevent them ‘carrying’ and spreading the infection to others, thus potentially protecting the whole population.

The lessons learned from this research will help to show whether an adolescent MenB vaccination should be introduced into the national immunisation programme.

MRF has a free helpline and support service for anyone affected or with questions about meningitis or septicaemia, 080 8800 3344 or


The MRF Membership and Support team are here for you for any questions you might have about meningitis and septicaemia and their effects on you or your family and friends.

MRF’s helpline hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Tel: UK 080 8800 3344/Ireland 1800 41 33 44

Media contact
Holly Edwards - Communications Manager
Tel: 07875 498 047
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