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The meningitis B vaccine shouldn’t depend on a parent’s finances

Why I paid three times the recommended price to protect my daughter

This week I became part of the scrum who believed the media hype about the meningitis B vaccine and paid over the odds to have it administered privately to their young children.

As a health journalist for 15 years, I have seen every negative health story there is. Just like any nurse, I still find each case interesting and emotive, but it gets to a point where even the saddest stories must become like water off a duck's back in order to function.

Working at Nursing Standard, I have also learned to look behind the more sensationalised news headlines and consider the facts. Often some of the stories that capture the public's imagination are not quite as dramatic as the headline writers would have us believe.

But this month the story of little Faye Burdett has tugged at my emotions, because the two year old died of


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