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Horsham-based charity funds meningitis research

Developing a new vaccine, by inserting part of the bacterium inside a harmless version of the cold virus, could help provide effective protection against meningitis.

That is the hope of Oxford University researchers, thanks to a £148,052 grant by Horsham-based Action Medical Research.

Dr Caroline Johnston, research evaluation manager at the children’s charity, said: “An effective vaccine could save many children’s lives and stop countless others from developing serious, lifelong disabilities, such as blindness, deafness and loss of limbs. Preventing disabilities could spare children from suffering and bring large cost savings – to the children, their families and society as a whole.”

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