Dr Richard Taylor reminds talkRADIO listeners of meningitis symptoms after Faye Burdett death

Meningitis vaccine: 'Most important thing is to raise awareness', says former MP Dr. Richard Taylor

Faye Burdett died of meningitis last year (credit: Twitter @ReportUK)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A prominent doctor has reminded talkRADIO listeners of the symptoms of meningitis, after the Government was accused of complacency over the death of a two-year-old girl

Nick Burdett, who lost his daughter Faye to meningitis, attacked the Government for refusing to make a vaccine against the disease more widely available. 

Burdett said the Government has done "absolutely nothing" to raise awareness of the disease, adding: "We have been through something so terrible and we thought if we could stop it happening to other families, that's what we wanted to do.

"But since going to Parliament, we've heard nothing. The Government is being complacent and we feel badly let down."

Dr. Richard Taylor, former MP and member of the Health Select Committee, told Paul Ross the most important thing to do is inform parents of how dangerous the disease is.

He said: “The most important thing you could do is raise awareness with parents and remind GPs because it’s such a killer. 

“The symptoms are a bad headache. The child will be bad-tempered, with a temperature. They will hate the light, and the test is moving the neck, which causes agony. The child might have a rash, where you press them and they don’t blanch.

"If your child has any of these things, you get them to the doctor quickly. It responds to antibiotics as long as you get them in as soon as possible.

"It’s a terrible illness, and if we could raise awareness of the symptoms, we’d be doing a service."