Meningitis B petition becomes UK’s most signed – BBC News

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Faye Burdett was taken to A&E with a rash on her forehead but died days later

A petition calling for the meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children, not just babies, has become the most signed on the UK Government website.

More than 580,500 people have signed the petition, highlighted by the stories of two-year-old Faye Burdett and rugby player Matt Dawson’s son.

It beats the previous highest number of signatures, on the Block Donald J Trump from UK entry, which has 579,468.

Parliament considers for debate petitions with more than 100,000 names.

Faye’s mother backed the campaign by sharing an image of her daughter before her death from meningitis B on Valentine’s Day.

Media captionWhy Matt Dawson is backing the campaign for all children to be vaccinated

Faye, from Maidstone, Kent died after fighting the infection for 11 days.

Former England rugby union captain Dawson later revealed his family went through “two weeks of hell” as his two-year-old son Sam battled meningitis W135.

Sam Dawson underwent treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A vaccine to protect against meningitis B became available on the NHS for children under the age of one in September, but parents who want to have older children vaccinated must pay privately.

The UK is the first country to have introduced the Men B vaccine.

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Faye’s mother Jenny published the picture of her daughter just before her death

Meningitis B petition becomes UK’s most signed – BBC News