Friday, March 11, 2016
Oxford Online Pharmacy’s chief pharmacist, Stuart Gale was a guest on Howard Bentham's programme on BBC Radio Oxford this morning (11.03.16) providing expert opinion about the Meningitis B vaccine.
Stuart explained: “We have had an unprecedented level of enquiries for the vaccine which is currently unavailable in pharmacy, due to the drugs company’s strategy which involves prioritising at risk patients, which are children under the age of 12 months.
“The disease affects 5 in 100,000 children, so it’s not that uncommon but children under twelve months are four times more likely to contract Meningitis B. Yes we want to vaccinate but the most important thing is to spot the signs of the disease early.
Symptoms to watch out for include:
• Dislike of bright light
• Stiff neck
It is important for parents to note that children do not always get the distinctive rash so many of us look for as a recognisable symptom of the disease.
You know your child best. If they are displaying any of the above symptoms and they seem ‘different’ get them seen by a doctor – early diagnosis is crucial so don’t take no for an answer.”
To hear the interview in full visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03jybg1 and listen from 1:26:00 onwards.