Mother’s call for child meningitis vaccine jab

Support: Joanna and Mr Roy
Support: Joanna and Mr Roy

A PLEA by a Glenrothes mum who lost her son to meningitis for a meningococcal group B vaccine to be included in the childhood immunisation programme, has won the backing of her MP.

David Farmer, an apprentice technician, was just 18 years old when he died from the disease in 2000.

Now his mum Joanna Shenfield is supporting the Meningitis Research Foundation’s (MRF) campaign ‘Counting the Cost of Meningitis’ which shows the lifelong financial costs of surviving meningitis and septicaemia.

Glenrothes and Central Fife MP, Lindsay Roy is supporting Joanna’s call for the Government to pursue the widest and earliest implementation of vaccines to prevent the diseases.

The MP told the Gazette: “As a former head teacher, I have witnessed the trauma that has occurred in several families when teenagers have contracted meningitis and the devastating impact that this disease has had on young lives.”