The Southend West MP joined Shadow Minister for Health Sharon Hodgson MP to raise awareness of meningitis in adults. The charity Meningitis Now met with MPs at an event in Parliament on Wednesday 31st October to highlight the issue amongst policy makers.
The issue of meningitis amongst adults is important in the fight against the disease. Over the past 25 years five vaccines to protect those most vulnerable have been introduced into the nation’s vaccine schedule. This culminated in the introduction of the meningococcal B vaccination for infants in September 2015. The cumulative effect of vaccines over this time has resulted in a marked reduction in reported cases amongst babies who are most at risk.
Whilst positive progress has been made on meningitis in babies and children, the burden of the disease has shifted to adults aged 24 plus. A recent survey showed that 95% of over 55s did not perceive themselves as being at risk of meningitis despite in fact being the third highest risk group.
Sir David said ‘More work needs to be done on raising awareness of the dangers of meningitis in adults. I applaud the work of Meningitis now, and look forward to supporting their campaign on this crucial issue in future.’