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BBC Breakfast spoke to Tracey and Emily Saunders, whose son and brother Edward died after contracting Meningitis W.
Teenagers in England are to be offered a vaccine against a deadly strain of meningitis, after a sharp rise in cases. Just 22 people contracted Meningitis W in 2009, but that number rose to 117 last year – an increase of over 400 per cent. Now there are plans to roll out an immunisation programme in a bid to stop the disease spreading.

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13 Comments

Gunner Storm · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

Dodgy chicken kebab? There you have it folks, dont eat shit food. BTW he was crying for help, read the signs.

Peach · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

This is so deeply sad. Rest in peace to her son. I had the vaccine today.

Chounette · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

What a bitchy ilness… I feel terribly sad for the mum
Too we don't sensibilise more people about meningitis, it's an horrific disease people need to be more aware of the symptoms in order to act really fast

Frances Hopper · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

@charlie goblin please don't speak to me in that way.

DCFunBud · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

My friends scoffed at me when I got the meningitis vaccination when gay men were dropping off in hours in New York and California.  College kids are especially vulnerable.  Terrible, terrible tragedy.

Marira · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

Sad for this young man and his family. So there's a vaccine already waiting in the wings We should at least ask who authorised and ordered that? When was it developed and tested? How much of it is there? How has it been funded?
Who else got sick from the kebabs? If it was really the kebabs, there must surely be many others. If it was not the kebabs, may we know any other possible sources of infection or other cause of this disease – it sounds more like a drug reaction than an infection.

Ren Francis · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

How horrible. My condolences to the Saunders family. 

gay weeb · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

This is so sad… 

Frances Hopper · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

Unbelievable for this to happen and so quick. I am so sorry for his mum but so thankful she has the strength to share this awareness. God bless you xx

MrKmas508 · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

That's horrible. I never thought meningitis was such a serious awful condition. I contracted when I was four but I never thought anything bad would happen. It's such a shame for someone to die so young.

Michael Hope · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

Absolutely terrible. Sharing this with everyone I know. This should never happen to anyone

Hank Terreros · August 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

r.i.p.

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