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Losing a child to meningitis, like I lost my beloved Mathias in the summer of 2019, is the most devastating thing that can happen to a parent.
So my goal is to spread awareness to the public about the symptoms and the vaccines through my newly started foundation in Sweden and hopefully that will save other children in the future.
- Christine, Sweden
When my Son, Sei, suffered from bacterial meningitis, he was only five months old. Since then, he has been struggling with many after-effects, including convulsions, hearing loss, palsy, hydrocephalus and intellectual disabilities.
Several vaccines against meningitis have not been introduced into the national immunisation programme in Japan. All children should be protected against meningitis.
- Miki Tanaka
Japan Child Meningitis Organisation
#1: Meningitis and septicaemia are medical emergencies that can be deadly and have serious, long-lasting impacts.
Approximately 1 in 10 people who contract bacterial meningitis die of the disease
Meningitis is emotionally devastating, not just for the person who contracted it, but for their loved ones as well.
Each person’s grief process is different but no one should have to cope alone. Support is important for everyone affected by the disease.
Depression and anxiety, common psychological impacts of meningitis, cost the global economy US$1 trillion each year in lost productivity and so the value of emotional support networks cannot be underestimated.
Most meningitis is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets e.g. coughing, sneezing and close contact such as kissing.
Be aware that meningitis can affect anyone at any age and can kill in under 24 hours.
Seek medical attention immediately if you have the symptoms of meningitis.
Meningitis is largely preventable. Ensure you are up-to-date with your immunisations.
#2: The impact of Covid-19 has led to some people missing their immunisations and the number of meningitis cases are expected to rise when people start to gather again.
#3 We can all help #DefeatMeningitis
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030. Encourage your local politicians to commit to this vision.
Tell people you know about the signs and symptoms. Early recognition saves lives.
Get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you.
Support local disability organisations and help to build accessible and inclusive societies.
What can you do?
Meningitis is fast to develop and can kill in hours.