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Father welcomes end of jabs fight
Lachlan Fewster
It is claimed the vaccination could have saved Lachlan
A father whose two-year-old son died of meningitis has welcomed the announcement a routine vaccination is to be introduced.

Lachlan Fewster, from Birstall in Leicestershire, died almost three years ago after contracting pneumococcal meningitis.

His father Scott says vaccination, which is already available in the US, might have saved his life.

Since their son's death in April 2003, he and his wife Maria have campaigned tirelessly to see the Prevenar jab introduced in the UK.

Long fight

Lachlan died in hospital just 10 hours after falling ill.

I wouldn't wish what we went through on anyone
Scott Fewster

He also developed blood poisoning in the latter hours of his life.

A post-mortem found Lachlan was in an at-risk group, as he was born with no spleen, a condition called asplenia.

The couple, from Leicester now have two other children, Arwen, two-years-old and Obi-Joe (aged 10 months).

Both have already been given the jab, because of their brother's death.

Obi-Joe is at particular risk, as he also has asplenia.

The majority of pneumococcal meningitis occurs in children under 18 months of age.

Scott Fewster told the BBC News website: "I'm really pleased at this announcement.

"It's something that we've fought for for a long time. It could save children's lives."

He added: "I wouldn't wish what we went through on anyone."

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