It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, celebrities or ordinary people. Meningitis can affect anyone, of any age - young or old, rich or poor. Its effects can be devastating⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️
Make sure you get your vaccination ideally before you start university. The vaccination called Men ACWY vaccine, which protects against A, C, W and Y meningococcal bacteria, is available for all 17-18 year olds (you should have been contacted by your GP) and uni entrants 19-25 (you will need to make an appointment with your GP or see your pharmacist ). We advise that students get the vaccine as soon as possible – ideally two weeks before starting university.
If you don’t have it yet, don’t panic! You are still eligible for the vaccine throughout your first year of uni but we do recommend getting it as soon as possible. Act now❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️ For more information on vaccinations please check ✅https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/meningococcal-the-green-book-chapter-22
Meningococcal bacteria are the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK. One in four 15-19 year olds carry the bacteria in the back of their throats, which puts them at greater risk.
Spotting the symptoms of meningitis early can mean the difference between life and death and help to reduce the long-term impact of the disease.
If you are a Student you are more likely to get meningitis because of living in more 'cramped' housing or halls of residence. In many cases, students come together from all over the world to live, study and socialise together. Students will be exposed to bacteria and viruses their bodies have not met before. This is why so many new students get ‘freshers' flu’ As early symptoms of meningitis can be similar to common illnesses such as flu or even a hangover, it’s easy to mistake meningitis for something else.
Be aware of meningitis sign and symptoms and make sure you look after yourself and your friends by constantly checking on them when they are not feeling well .
Make sure you are up to date with your meningitis vaccinations .
For more information please visit :
Download mobile app , this app is completely free and it's a useful source to recognise meningitis sing and symptoms 📸https://www.meningitisnow.org/meningitis-explained/signs-and-symptoms/download-our-mobile-app/
So much love for this 👐🏼 the whole family looking amazing in the Part Of Something sweaters. Thank you @mumazed ... I think pink looks amazing on Dads 👌🏼 just all males in general, it’s such a great unisex colour #partofsomething raising awareness and money for @meningitis_research #meningitisawareness
“They told my parents the next 24hrs would be critical”
Charlotte Murphy contracted Meningitis as a student and now as a mum shares her story on the importance of awareness.
“I was 18 and had just come home for the Christmas holidays after completing my very first term at university. A few days after, I became extremely ill with meningococcal meningitis and spent Christmas in hospital including Christmas Day. At the time I was brought into hospital, they told my parents that the next 24 hours would be critical. I had many of the typical symptoms associated with meningitis but not the rash. It was an extremely frightening time, mainly for my family and as a young person you feel that you are invincible. However, I am most grateful that I was a young adult at the time and able to communicate to my family and Doctors (in the early stages) as to how ill I felt, in order to get to the hospital in time. I am now 41 with a family of my own; I think ‘ACT for meningitis’ is brilliant for raising awareness and in particular for sharing facts and information. It must be terrifying for parents particularly if their children are very young and can not communicate how poorly they actually feel”
If you suspect Meningitis seek medical help immediately !! #meningitisawareness#Ireland#knowthesigns#anyage#trustyourinstincts#Beassertive
Summer Poff knew something was wrong with her 7-month-old son, Blaize, early in the morning on May 11. He was fussy, feverish and wouldn't go to sleep. The Salem mom tried to soothe her baby and gave him Tylenol, but at 3 a.m, she knew she needed to take him to the hospital.
Blaize's father, Jubal Wheeldon, took him to Silverton Medical Center, where he was treated with Tylenol. He was sent home after a few hours, despite the family's concerns.
Over the next few hours, Blaize's fever and fussiness persisted. Something wasn't right. Poff rushed him back to the hospital, and he was flown to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland. His condition quickly deteriorated.
Blaize's heart stopped. He was resuscitated and put into an induced coma. Doctors considered surgery.
Before the end of the day, her son had passed away from bacterial meningitis, a contagious, sometimes deadly, infection.
Poff spent her first Mother's Day in shock, planning the cremation and memorial for her once smiling, happy first-born.
No parent should ever have to bury their child. My deepest sympathies to his grieving loved ones at this very hard time.
Rest peacefully baby boy... ✨
We are extremely proud to announce that we have been awarded the meningitis awareness award. Our staff have been busy learning about the systems of meningitis. If you would like more information please feel free to collect a pocket guide of common signs and symptoms of meningitis which can be located in the hall way near the front door. #meningitisawareness#supportingfamilies#childcareprovider#earlyyears
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MENINGITIS CASES PEAK DURING WINTER MONTHS
ACT for Meningitis the Irish charity for Meningitis awareness and support is issuing a warning as Winter time is upon us.
There is a higher risk of Meningitis during the Winter months. As people spend a lot more time indoors and with close contact, germs are spread more easily. Also, coming down with a 'cold' or the 'flu’ may weaken the immune system making you more susceptible to the disease
Meningitis is a serious disease in which there is an inflammation of the lining around the spinal cord and the brain, caused by viral or bacterial infection. Viral meningitis is rarely life-threatening ,but can leave you with lifelong after-effects. Bacterial however, has a higher incidence of fatality and has many strains caused by many different bacteria.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of Meningitis can save a life. They may appear in any order or some may not appear at all.
Siobhan Carroll CEO of ACT for Meningitis said "The symptoms may be difficult to spot as many of the early symptoms can be similar to those of a flu, so we ask people to TRUST THEIR INSTINCTS and if they suspect Meningitis , seek medical help immediately.”
Someone with Meningitis or septicaemia can get a lot worse very quickly. You need to keep checking on them.
The symptoms of Meningitis can include vomiting, fever, headache, stiff neck, dislike to bright lights, severe muscle pain, confusion and a rash that does not fade under pressure.
In babies being irritable, refusing to feed, high pitched crying , rapid breathing and cold hands and feet, bulging soft spot on head... Children up to age 5 are the most at risk age group, 16-24 years are the second highest at-risk age, but ANYONE OF ANY AGE can get meningitis.
Time is of the utmost importance. Meningitis can strike so quickly and can kill within hours.
So we ask people to please ACT. Knowing the signs and symptoms of meningitis is your best form of defense against this devastating disease.
This is also a good time to ensure your child's vaccination program is up to date, if in doubt clarify with your general practitioner.
In the latest edition of Northern Life, Liz Dee talks candidly about the sad loss of her son Edward, who lost his life suddenly in December 2016. With the help of songwriter Jay Stansfield of The Songwriting Company, Liz created a song in Edward’s memory. The song, “A Song For Edward” has been a huge success in the charts, even overtaking the likes of Ariana Grande and Cliff Richard!
To read more about Edward’s story subscribe to Northern Life magazine (link in bio). To buy the single and to learn more about the signs of meningitis and sepsis visit northernlifemagazine.co.uk/a-song-for-Edward.
I’ve got a special place in my ❤️ for this little beaut. It’s been a tough few months for Olivia dealing with things that no child should ever have to deal with. I’m so proud of how she’s dealt with everything ❤️. We raised some money during yesterday’s performances which will be given to the Meningitis foundation team this week in memory of Emma, Olivia’s Mummy 👼🏼 Thank you to everyone that contributed, it means so much to so many people x x x #meningitisresearchfoundation#meningitisnow#meningitisawareness#meningitisresearch
Today marks 1 year since being hospitalised with viral meningitis. .
I spent 5 days in hospital recovering in isolation (everyone had to wear gloves and aprons in the room with me!).
This meant 5 days without my baby boy who was only 13 weeks old at the time! I did get one very sneaky quick visit on day three as I just missed him so very much and the nurses decided he would be okay!
Also meant 5 days of exclusive pumping at all hours of the day and night to keep my milk supply up, a battle to get back to breast feeding after a week on bottles which sadly never got back to exclusive feeding despite my efforts, and a year on medications to suppress headaches which are a common side affect.
Mums... Look after yourself, I spent three days with symptoms which I thought was a migraine and kept telling myself that mums all over the world look after thier kids when they are Ill! .
Look out for the signs and symptoms, it's not just babies and children that get meningitis!
For those who know me, know I had meningitis at 6 months old, causing many problems with my ears and resulting in hearing loss and a hearing aid in my right ear, I've finally got a wristband to raise awareness for this, I will ware it with pride, to say I'm 1 of very few who Survived this. Thankyou so much @dannidoots for sending it me, I love it 😘
One week ago we were told we got to have our daughter back... To take her home and love her... Oh, #Taylor_Grace we are so ready for the lifetime of adventures ahead with you. 💕 @hunt.24_7 📸 credit: @tyragefroh
Haft konstant ihållande smärta sen meningiten ( Hjärnhinneinflammationen )och efter min födelsedag blev kroppen i ny chock och hals blev full med utslag och har hemsk svaghet och brännande/svidande känsla i vänster arm som resulterat i 2 timmars sömn ca per natt nu i över 1 vecka , men i natt har det äntligen varit bättre ♥️✊ Ha en fin dag 😘 #meningitisawareness#huvud#trött#sjuk#neuro#kropp#själ#hopp#hjärnhinneinflammation
I hadn’t understood why it’s so important to keep newborns away from sick people until last Thursday when Max woke up with a fever of 102. For babies and especially newborns this can indicate a potentially dangerous infection. After rushing him to suburban hospital where they performed a number of tests we were taken by ambulance to Children’s where the doctors immediately performed a lumbar puncture for which I was told to leave the room bc most parents find it too upsetting to watch their babies go through. Later that day we found out Max had meningitis caused by enterovirus, a simple cold to you and me, but for babies with no immune systems it causes an infection of the spinal fluid. We had to be monitored for two days until his blood culture could confirm that it was not bacterial meningitis, which is often fatal for newborns. Thank God, his culture turned up negative for bacterial meningitis and we were discharged but I will never forget walking through the halls of suburban as the emt’s pushed Max’s incubator toward the ambulance and the nurses and doctors who were coming on shift went silent and stared with obvious concern. We are of course very fortunate that Max is on the mend now, but it could have been so much worse. Please if you even just have the sniffles don’t go near a baby, always wash or sanitize your hands, and try to understand when parents want to keep visitors at bay for those first few critical weeks. #grateful#meningitisawareness
Mi pequeña mitad cumple 8 meses hoy,mi gordita,te echo de menos,mamá te extraña la vida entera.
Lleno mis vacios con cosas que por un instante,por una milesima de segundo,me sacan de este mundo,este mundo en el que voy a vivir extrañandote,hasta el dia en que Dios decida llevarme al ladito tuyo mi Angelito.
Quiero llenarte de besos pero no puedo,quiero ser feliz por ti,para que veas que mamá puede,pero me cuesta mucho.
Cuando te tuve,cuando estabas en mis brazos,veia mi futuro en tus ojos.
Ahora no sé muy bien a dónde voy,ni que hacer.
Vivo la vida,dia a dia, tengo planes,pero ya no me ilusiono con ningun futuro,tu eras mi futuro y los medicos me lo arrebataron.
Te amo princesa mia,que tengas un lindo cumple mes en el cielo al lado de tu bisabuela,yo sé que ella te estará cuidando.