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Let's Defeat Meningitis Together

The theme for 2020 is Defeat Meningitis. 

The campaign will focus on why we must defeat meningitis and the steps we can all take to make it a reality. 

Christine, Sweden

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.

Miki Tanaka, Japan

My son suffers many after effects from meningitis, including hearing loss and convulsions. All children should be protected from meningitis.

Alicia, USA

As I said goodbye to my beautiful daughter, I promised I would be her voice. We must defeat meningitis so it cannot continue to destroy lives around the world.

Key Messages

Meningitis and septicaemia are medical emergencies. Prevention and early recognition are key. 

Meningitis can affect anyone, at any time. It can kill in hours. 

 We can all help to #DefeatMeningitis.

What Can You Do?

Get vaccinated to protect yourself and stop the spread of disease. 

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are available to you
Signs & Symptoms
Signs & Symptoms

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Get vaccinated to protect yourself and stop the spread of disease

Multiple vaccines are needed to protect against the most common types of meningitis. 

View your country's routine immunisation schedule online and find out what vaccines are available to you. 

Dispel any misconceptions you have by looking at our vaccine myth buster set. Share them on social media!

Learn more about vaccines from reputable sources. Try:

  • CoMO's Vaccines Q&A resource

  • The WHO's Q&A on vaccines

Learn the signs and symptoms so you know when it's urgent to seek.

Signs & Symptoms

Help to build inclusive and accessible societies to support people who have been affected by meningitis. 

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Click here to see what CoMO's Members did for World Meningitis Day 2019!

If you have any questions or ideas for World Meningitis Day 2020, please email Molly.

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