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Monday, July 5, 1999 Published at 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK


Call for meningitis jab scheme

Welsh doctors want a meningitis vaccine authorised for children

Welsh doctors are calling on the Government to bring in a meningitis vaccination programme.

Doctors from south east Wales are hoping to raise the issue of meningitis at the British Medical Association's annual conference in Belfast.

They hope the C-vaccine being developed can be added to pre-school vaccination programmes as soon as possible.

Three thousand pupils and teachers in Pontypridd in the south Wales valleys were vaccinated this winter after an outbreak killed three people in the area.

Last month there were four new cases of meningitis reported in the Pontypridd area alone.

[ image: Doctors want under-threes to be vaccinated]
Doctors want under-threes to be vaccinated
The Gwent branch of the BMA is calling for the meningitis C vaccine to be given to pre-school children as soon as it is approved after clinical trials are completed.

Children aged under three are most at risk from meningitis, but they cannot be vaccinated under present rules.

They are hoping to put through a motion at the conference, asking the government to speed up the development of the vaccine.

The GPs hope they will also get an increase in vaccination payments if the immunisation plan is officially adopted.

The main proposer of the motion, Doctor Ian Robbie, said it was important to move quickly.

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