World Meningitis Day
World Meningitis Day is on the 24th of April every year. The theme for World Meningitis Day 2019 is Life After Meningitis. This year, the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) is raising awareness of the life changing after effects and consequences of meningitis and other infections caused by meningitis bacteria. Despite the gains made over the past couple of decades, it’s still the 6th largest infectious disease killer in the world. Every year over 2.8 million people are affected and an estimated 170,000 people die. For those who lose their lives, their loved ones are left to struggle with the absence meningitis created.
Facts & Figures
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord. Anyone of any age can be affected; infants, adolescents, and older people are at greatest risk.
Signs & Symptoms
Signs and symptoms differ depending on age.
The Importance of Vaccines
Right now, the only way to prevent meningitis is through vaccination. There are several different vaccines needed to protect against the most common forms of meningitis and there are some that aren’t yet vaccine preventable. This is why it’s so important to speak to your healthcare provider about what vaccines are available to you but also to learn the signs and symptoms.
Life After Meningitis
Family members of meningitis survivors with after effects may grieve, feel guilt, uncertainty, and undertake increased caring responsibilities.
Source: The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO)