Hajj pilgrim jab a vital protection
I was touched to read in your recent article ("Subsidised jabs for pilgrims," Mercury, October 5) that Alpharm chemist in Belgrave, is offering everyone going on the Muslim Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages the meningococcal vaccination for a discounted £30.
Meningitis UK is warning that all Muslims undertaking the pilgrimages must have the vaccination for meningococcal ACWY at least 10 days before.
Youngsters will need multiple jabs so will need more time to be protected.
Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu.
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For these reasons, we believe preventative measures are the best solution.
Our Search 4 A Vaccine Campaign aims to raise £7 million to fund life-saving research into stamping out all forms of meningitis.
In the absence of a vaccine, we also distribute a wide range of material to raise awareness of the common symptoms and the need to act quickly, which can mean the difference between life and death.
If any of your readers would like a symptoms information pack, including wallet-sized symptoms cards, or to find out more about supporting our Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, they can call Meningitis UK on 0117 947 6320 or visit:
Kate Rowland, chief executive, Meningitis UK.
I am writing to put forward my views and that of many others, on why the Leicester to Burton-on-Trent passenger trains should be brought back. The line is still used for freight trains and constantly by Bardon Quarry, which is just up the road from where I live.
Over time, people have spoken about passenger trains on this line being brought back, but politicians have put up the argument that it would be too costly as station platforms and buildings have been done away with.
Surely it would be possible to have just basic platforms without great expensive building involved?
I am sure such trains would be well-used by commuters more than willing to travel to work by train, considering how congested roads are getting and the continuing rising cost of fuel.
Also, the general public would find it very convenient to travel to different towns for shopping etc.
Just look also how big a step in the wrong direction was taken when so much business was taken from freight trains and instead moved by road transport.
It's just crazy.
Please, please, please let's get the Leicester to Burton-on-Trent passenger trains back in use.
D A Harper, Leicester.