DOCTORS BACK CALL FOR VACCINE.
Health professionals based across the region were among those who signed a letter to the secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt.
They are calling for the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine to be introduced.
Among the 118 signatories are Dr Paul Baines, consultant at Alder Hey children''s hospital, Dr Nick Beeching, senior lecturer in infectious diseases and clinical director at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Dr Andrew Curran, a paediatric neurologist at Alder Hey.
Signatory Dr Simon Nadel said: "I feel very strongly about this vaccine. I have worked with children desperately ill from meningitis and septicaemia my entire working life and I know how difficult it is to diagnose and treat."