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Mr Christian Beadell – 01704 503161 [email protected] Head Office, Dukes House, 34 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PU www.fletcherssolicitors.co.uk

By | 2017-07-10T10:05:56+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Legal Panel|0 Comments

Pfizer trials a group B Strep vaccine

Group B Strep Support is encouraged by the news that clinical trials of a group B Strep vaccine have begun. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has started a Phase 1 trial of its vaccine, which could prevent many more group B Strep infections than current prevention strategies - not only the early-onset group B Strep infections (in babies aged 0-6 days), but also late-onset group B Strep infection (in babies 7-90 days) and potentially stillbirths and maternal infections caused by group B Strep. While a safe and effective vaccine is likely many years away, this is an important step towards eradicating group B Strep infection in babies. “We are delighted that Pfizer is developing a group B Strep vaccine. Group [...]

By | 2017-06-30T19:32:52+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Enable Law

Ms Claire Stoneman – 03303 116850 [email protected] Enable Law Taunton (based at Foot Anstey's office), The Quad, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Blackbrook Business Park, Taunton TA1 2PX www.enablelaw.com

By | 2017-05-09T18:30:41+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Legal Panel|0 Comments

Happy birthday Eli!

Eleven years ago Eli was born with a group B Strep infection. He couldn't breathe, and had to be resuscitated. It was touch and go in the Intensive Care Unit for days. All this because I wasn't tested. From that incredible magical moment you were placed in my arms, I knew how special you were. Overcoming GBS, we are lucky to have you and call you a survivor! You have shown such determination and continued to fight. We couldn't be prouder, you are just amazing and perfect in every single way. Click here to share your story click here to go Back to the GBS Book of Experience

UK NSC recommendation on life-saving screening for newborn babies

On Wednesday 22nd March 2017, the UK National Screening Committee recommended that the Government should not introduce routine screening of pregnant women for group B Strep. We are hugely disappointed by this recommendation. Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies – causing sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia. Group B Strep is carried by around 20-30% of the population and, on average, in the UK: 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection 1 baby a week survives with disability The UK National Screening Committee have published a one-page recommendation statement, an evidence review summary and their last external review. We [...]

By | 2017-03-28T16:41:35+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Strep B Stomp

Strep B Stomp: Sunday 2 July 2017 We're excited to announce we'll be holding a fun run for all the family on Sunday 2nd July along Worthing Seafront, West Sussex. The 3-mile walk/run is all about having fun while raising money to stop group B Strep infection in babies. The run is suitable for the whole family and whether you walk, jog, or run – the 5K distance (3.1 miles) is achievable for all ages and abilities. We will be with you every step of the way with: A Race Number A complimentary T-shirt A fundraising pack full of hints, tips and ideas Register Today

By | 2017-03-28T16:37:39+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Irwin Mitchell Joins Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel

National charity Group B Strep Support and leading law firm, Irwin Mitchell, are delighted to announce their new corporate partnership to raise greater awareness of group B Strep, and provide support to families affected by it. Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia in more than 700 babies a year in the UK. On average, two babies a day develop group B Strep infection, one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection and another survives with life-changing disability. Although home testing kits are available to buy for £40, Irwin Mitchell has been backing calls from Group B Strep Support to make the ‘gold standard’  test [...]

By | 2017-03-28T16:36:25+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

My little boy had late-onset GBS infection

I had the GBS screening during pregnancy and tested negative (Mum lives in Australia where GBS screening is routine in 5 of the 6 states). I then had a hugely traumatic birth. 48-hour labour forceps delivery and my baby ended up with 2 skull fractures and intracranial bleeding, which he fully recovered from. I thought after getting him home from the children's hospital everything would be fine… how wrong I was. At 25 days’ old my baby began to cry inconsolably. After 3 hours, we knew something was very wrong. At the hospital, they suspected meningitis. His entire face and neck swelled up and he was failing right in front of us. I was so scared that we would [...]

By | 2017-02-08T18:04:41+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Baby fully recovered from GBS infection|0 Comments

Biotech company MinervaX announces positive results from Phase 1 GBS vaccine trials

MinervaX, a privately held Danish biotech company, today (5th January) announced positive results from a Phase I trial in 240 healthy adult women with its protein-only GBS vaccine, targeting pregnant women for the prevention of life-threatening infections in newborns. “We are delighted that MinervaX is developing a group B Strep vaccine. Group B Strep is the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies and of meningitis in babies under 3 months, although most of these infections could be prevented. Despite the UK’s risk-based prevention strategy, the rates of these infections have increased for more than a decade. A safe and effective vaccine is the ‘holy grail’ of GBS prevention and could protect more babies from GBS [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:27+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

New partnership with HiberGene Diagnostics

Group B Strep Support is delighted to announce a partnership with healthcare company HiberGene Diagnostics to help pregnant women to test for group B Strep – the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. One in four pregnant women is unknowingly carrying group B Strep bacteria, which causes meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia in more than 500 newborn babies a year. On average, one newborn baby a week dies from group B Strep infection. Testing for Group B Streptococcus (group B Strep or GBS) is not routinely available through the NHS, unlike countries such as the USA, France, Germany, Poland and many others. HiberGene Diagnostics’ test for GBS is called Strepelle and uses the international ‘gold standard’ Enriched [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:27+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments