Heartbroken Clayton-le-Moors man backs meningitis jab following wife's death

Mick and Cath Woods

Mick and Cath Woods

First published in Hyndburn

A HEARTBROKEN husband who lost his soul mate to meningitis has joined a fight to urge the government to make a meningitis vaccine part of the childhood immunisation programme.

Mick Woods, of Clayton-le-Moors, is supporting Meningitis UK’s campaign to secure Bexsero as a regular inoculation, amid claims it could save thousands of lives.

The retired office manager lost his wife, Cath, at the age of 61, to meningococcal septicaemia, a form of meningitis, in November.

Just days earlier she had complained of feeling lethargic.

Mick, 62, of Moorside Drive, said: “Introducing the vaccine is a no brainer. I knew nothing about meningitis until November 8 last year. Now I know a lot about it.

“Meningitis just creeps up on you, and you don’t even know what it is until it’s too late.

“Cath was a fit person. She didn’t smoke, or drink, and we both loved walking. I thought she had flu and when I described her symptoms at a chemist I was told it was flu.”

The charity has launched the campaign Beat It Now, which is pressing for the meninigitis B vaccine to be introduced into the routine childhood immunisation schedule.

Mick had retired as office manager at a bookmakers in September, and was waiting for Cath to join him when tragedy struck.

She had worked as a team leader at the pensions centre, in Simonstone, for 15 years.

She had complained about her limbs feeling heavy after work and Mick checked on her every hour. But her face began to swell and a purple rash developed.

Though she was rushed to the Royal Blackburn Hospital, her condition deteriorated and she later died.

Charity founder Steve Dayman, who lost his 14-month-old son, Spencer, to meningitis and septicaemia 31 years ago, said: “This ground-breaking vaccine is the most important development since I began my fight against meningitis 30 years ago.

“The Government must introduce the meningitis B vaccine into the immunisation schedule as soon as possible.

“It will save thousands of lives and spare families so much suffering. Any delay in giving people the vaccine means lives lost.”

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:18pm Mon 28 Jan 13

BRFC195 says...

really sad story and well done for highligting this issue.However linking into the other telegraph story regarding hospital time wasters been referred back to a chemist or doctor this man visited a chemist regarding his wifes symptoms and was told it was flu
really sad story and well done for highligting this issue.However linking into the other telegraph story regarding hospital time wasters been referred back to a chemist or doctor this man visited a chemist regarding his wifes symptoms and was told it was flu BRFC195
  • Score: 0

5:57pm Mon 28 Jan 13

mavrick says...

BRFC195 wrote:
really sad story and well done for highligting this issue.However linking into the other telegraph story regarding hospital time wasters been referred back to a chemist or doctor this man visited a chemist regarding his wifes symptoms and was told it was flu
It is a sad story, however I have long been sceptical of using the chemist for a diagnosis. I said it was a cheapening of a doctors service. I understand how difficult it would be to see a doctor at such short notice. I hope the campaign is a success.
[quote][p][bold]BRFC195[/bold] wrote: really sad story and well done for highligting this issue.However linking into the other telegraph story regarding hospital time wasters been referred back to a chemist or doctor this man visited a chemist regarding his wifes symptoms and was told it was flu[/p][/quote]It is a sad story, however I have long been sceptical of using the chemist for a diagnosis. I said it was a cheapening of a doctors service. I understand how difficult it would be to see a doctor at such short notice. I hope the campaign is a success. mavrick
  • Score: 0

9:58pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Fire Fly says...

What a really sad situation!

Bottom line is Pharmacists aren't Doctors, they can't diagnose or prescribe...maybe if that fact was better advertised people would then be able to make a more informed choice about the advice they receive from the pharmacist.
What a really sad situation! Bottom line is Pharmacists aren't Doctors, they can't diagnose or prescribe...maybe if that fact was better advertised people would then be able to make a more informed choice about the advice they receive from the pharmacist. Fire Fly
  • Score: 0

2:23pm Sat 23 Feb 13

CLM2671 says...

Fire Fly wrote:
What a really sad situation!

Bottom line is Pharmacists aren't Doctors, they can't diagnose or prescribe...maybe if that fact was better advertised people would then be able to make a more informed choice about the advice they receive from the pharmacist.
I agree that pharmacists can't diagnose or prescribe, but some pharmacies are excellent for giving sensible and practical advice about common illnesses and conditions. If more people visited their local pharmacy before seeing the doctor, then the doctor's waiting room wouldnt be packed with people who don't need to see the doctor because their condition is treatable, with advice and over the counter remedies from pharmacists.

Good luck Mr Wood with your fight.
[quote][p][bold]Fire Fly[/bold] wrote: What a really sad situation! Bottom line is Pharmacists aren't Doctors, they can't diagnose or prescribe...maybe if that fact was better advertised people would then be able to make a more informed choice about the advice they receive from the pharmacist.[/p][/quote]I agree that pharmacists can't diagnose or prescribe, but some pharmacies are excellent for giving sensible and practical advice about common illnesses and conditions. If more people visited their local pharmacy before seeing the doctor, then the doctor's waiting room wouldnt be packed with people who don't need to see the doctor because their condition is treatable, with advice and over the counter remedies from pharmacists. Good luck Mr Wood with your fight. CLM2671
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree