A Milton Keynes mother whose son had meningitis twice is calling on the government to bring in a new vaccine against the disease.
Sonya Blake’s son Stephen had to fight two battles - the first when he was less than three years old, and a second 14 years later.
Sonya had to endure the heartache of being told to prepare for the worst, although Stephen did make a good recovery both times.
Now she is backing a campaign to give the vaccine for Meningitis B - called The Beat it Now! campaign - to all babies free on the NHS.
“I know what it’s like to have your life turned upside down by this disease and I don’t want it to happen to anyone else,” Sonia said.
“This vaccine could save two children’s lives every week and that’s why I’m supporting Meningitis Now and urging the government to save lives and bring in the vaccine now.”
The UK has one of the highest Meningitis B incidence rates in the world, and over the past 10 years, an average of 1,870 people have been affected every year, the majority of them babies and children.
Founder of Meningtis Now, Steve Dayman, whose son lost his battle with the disease 31 years ago, said: “In the next few weeks the Health Secretary will decide whether to give the Meningitis B vaccine free to babies on the NHS.
“We are sending a clear message to the government - put babies and children’s lives before cost and make the decision to introduce the Meningitis B vaccine now.”
For more information on Meningitis Now, the disease and how to support the campaign for a vaccine, visit www.meningitisnow.org