Together with your support we want to urge governments worldwide to protect their citizens against meningitis.
Every year more than 1.2 million people are affected by meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is the most severe and common form and it causes around 120,000 deaths globally every year.
Even with prompt diagnosis and treatment, approximately 10% of patients die and up to 20% or more sustain permanent damage and disability. What's scary about this disease is that the signs and symptoms are similar to those of a common cold or virus. These include, but are not limited to, fever, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and drowsiness. They can appear in any order and some may not appear at all. Those surviving meningitis can have their lives devastated as a result of long-term effects, such as deafness, brain damage, learning difficulties, seizures, difficulties with physical activities and when septicaemia is involved, loss of limbs.
This can be prevented!
The most severe forms of meningitis can be prevented with vaccines. For many years now safe and effective vaccines have been used to protect against the three major causes of bacterial meningitis, commonly known as meningococcal, pneumococcal or Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).
The Hib vaccine has been widely available for many years and this has caused Hib meningitis to be close to elimination. Sadly, this isn’t the case for the other causes of bacterial meningitis, leaving all of us, and particularly children under the age of five and adolescents, at risk of contracting the disease.
We want to prevent meningitis worldwide,
because we can and we should! But we need your help.
We encourage you to register your support for governments worldwide to
include meningitis preventing vaccines on their country's National
Together we can help prevent families from the devastation
meningitis can cause.
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