Richard Benyon MP welcomes government decision to offer meningitis B vaccine free on the NHS.

Richard Benyon has today welcomed a Government decision to give all babies the Meningitis B vaccine free on the NHS.

Richard was amongst the 135 MPs who supported the Beat it Now! campaign, led by the UK’s largest meningitis charity, Meningitis Now.

On learning of the Government’s decision Richard said, “Many families in this constituency have been touched by meningitis and there is no doubt that this vaccine will save lives. This is the right decision and I commend the Department for taking it.”

The UK has one of the highest Meningitis B incidence rates in the world, affecting an average of 1,870 people each year over the last 10 years, most of whom are babies and children.