Pneumococcal meningitis - Sam's story

We recently had the privilege to meet Sam Willis and his family, in order to make another of our series of short films about the impact of infectious diseases. Sam had pneumococcal meningitis when he was 9 months old. In this new short film, his father Matthew describes the lasting effects of the disease, and talks compellingly about the impact of Sam's condition on the whole family. We get an insight into what home - and school - life is like for Sam, who was 11 years old when this film was made.

Since Sam's infection, the pneumococcal vaccine has been introduced to the UK schedule, giving protection to babies against this devastating disease.

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