RCGP Chair, Dr Maureen Baker, said: “Worried parents and doctors will breathe a huge sigh of relief at today’s announcement. Meningitis and meningococcal infection is a dreadful disease and its consequences can be devastating.
“This vaccine has the potential to save thousands of lives, primarily children’s, and GPs will play a major role in promoting the new immunisation programme to parents and in ensuring a successful rollout.
“The College has been very vocal in the campaign to introduce the vaccine and we are pleased that our advice, together with other expert input, has been heeded.”
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