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Will You Spread The Word & Help #TackleMeningitis?

In honour of World Meningitis Day, GSK have launched their ‘Tackle Meningitis’ Campaign with rugby heroes Rory Best, and Matt Dawson.
 

A new survey conducted by GSK has revealed that 44% of Irish parents believe that a rash, perhaps the most well-known symptom of Meningitis, is the first to appear; but this is not necessarily the case.  In fact other symptoms, such as sensitivity to light, or vomiting could develop first: Something Matt Dawson knows all too well.

 

“With this disease, even a matter of minutes can make a huge difference to the outcome.”

Matt’s three-year-old Sami contracted the disease in 2016, and went on to spend two weeks on a life-support machine. Luckily Sami went on to make a full recovery, but Matt wants to raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms, in the hope that others can avoid similar heartache.

“I wish I had known more about meningitis and what to look out for.” Matt says. “There are lesser known symptoms that it’s very important to be aware of. In truth, I was fairly ignorant about how dangerous it can be, but thankfully we turned out to be incredibly lucky. With this disease, even a matter of minutes can make a huge difference to the outcome.”

One of the most important factors is vaccination and seeking treatment early, as the risks become much more severe if left to develop. It’s rare, but potentially life-threatening; and sadly there’s no ‘one size fits all’ medication that treats all strains.

Each bit of shared knowledge, and each effort to raise awareness can make a big difference. And that’s why this campaign is backed by Irish charities Meningitis Research Foundation, and ACT for Meningitis.

As Caroline Krieger of the Meningitis Research Foundation confirms: “Knowing the signs, symptoms and steps to take is crucial in order to act fast and improve outcomes. … Our hope is that campaigns like ‘Tackle Meningitis’ will help to ensure that all parents are aware of meningitis and septicaemia and know when to seek medical help.”

You can follow the campaign on Twitter with #tacklemeningitis. If you want to learn more about what to look out for, head to our Signs and Symptoms of Meningitis article; and of course, spread the word!

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