Matt Dawson, a former England rugby captain said that his family had been through a long battle, in his son’s fight against meningitis W135 for 2 weeks. Sam Dawson is the son of Matt Dawson and now is undergoing treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Dawson spoke to the public after the appearance of the petition calling for all children to be vaccinated against the B-strain infection. So far, the petition has reached 400 thousand signatures.
This petition was created only two years after Faye Burdett died of a B-strain infection. Through a series of tweets, Dawson said that in the past two weeks, her son had just cos of Meningitis.Based on the government’s policy, every request to get 100 thousand signatures will be considered for debate in parliament. Faye has attracted attention, after his mother, Jenny Burdett, published a photograph showing Faye lying in bed covered by a rash.
Matt is starting a campaign to encourage the government to provide vaccines for all children, at least until the age of 11. So far, vaccination is only available for children under the age of 1 month. Britain is the first country to introduce the vaccine Men B.
This disease is the main cause of many cases of bacterial meningitis in all regions of the UK.
The effect is a swelling of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal, accompanied by septicemia or more commonly known as “poisoned blood”.
There are 22 cases per 100 thousand children. The symptoms are fever, confusion, vomiting, and headache. One of the 10 cases brings fatal consequences, even death. So far effective vaccine is only available for one age group; therefore the parents in Britain urged the government to provide vaccines for children, at least until the age of 11 years.