A MUM from Sheffield whose tiny baby son was struck down by a form of meningitis is campaigning for the Government to introduce better vaccinations against the potentially deadly disease.
Little baby Daniel Bally started struggling with his breathing when he was four months old.
His mum Carol, aged 35, of Fox Hill, immediately called an ambulance - and doctors diagnosed him as having a strain of meningitis.
Carol described receiving the news as her ‘worst nightmare’.Daniel has made a made a good recovery, thanks to the disease being caught early.
But Carol said she believes there is a need for a more comprehensive childhood immunisation programme.
She is backing an online petition for meningitis B to be covered. At present, children are vaccinated against meningitis C
Carol, who is married to Richard, 39, a plumber, and has two other children, Georgia, five, and Jake, three, said she was backing Meningitis Research Foundation’s Counting the Cost of Meningitis campaign.
She said: “I am supporting this campaign to ensure that every child is vaccinated against every type of meningitis so parents do not have to go through what we did. ”
“It was horrific and it’s something you never expect. I had heard of meningitis but you seem to think it will never happen to you. It was a massive shock.”
Campaigners want to collect 10,000 signatures to present to 10 Downing Street.
The meningitis C vaccine has resulted in a 90 per cent drop in cases and campaigners hope to see a similar reduction for meningitis B, which afflicts about 1,650 people a year - and kills one in four.
For details of the campaign visit www.meningitis.org/sign-petition.