April 2015: When I saw the news report about the Meningitis B jab not yet available on the NHS, it tapped in to every insecurity I have as a parent. Granted, chances of getting it are unlikely, but when I saw how babies were ravaged by the disease, I knew I’d sell my left lung to prevent this happening to Boo.
It turns out my lung is worth a lot more, because it only costs the NHS £20 for this preventative jab, but £600 for me as a parent (£150 per jab – 4 required) going private. It was still a non-brainer as I decided, for the second time this year, that private healthcare was my only option.
I’m privileged to be able to be able to fund this, but what about the many parents out there who can’t afford to? It’s troubling, upsetting and cruelly unfair that once again preventative and important drugs such as the Men B jab are for the preserve of the rich. It’s so bitterly unfair that many parents will not have the peace of mind I have, because they simply cannot afford to.
I’ve no doubt the NHS will get their act together and introduce this much needed vaccination, they know it makes sense, costs or not. But in the meantime, I’m not prepared to wait around for it.
Full article on Mail Online here.