Meningitis

The Government Must Do More To Protect Young Lives From Meningitis

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Meningitis Now are just one charity who do amazing work in raising awareness and campaigning for policy changes around the disease. I will be meeting with them and Izzy's father this week to film a video which is intended to increase awareness of meningitis among parents and young people ahead of Meningitis Student Awareness Week (22 -29 October).

I Wish Doctors Had Listened To My Concerns Over My Daughter's Health

Rhiannon Armstrong | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Parents
Rhiannon Armstrong

On the Thursday Demi seemed hot to me, so me and my husband Ian took her to the GP. She did indeed have a temperature but they said it was a viral illness and to keep her as cool as possible.

I Didn't Know What Meningitis Was Until The Day I Almost Died From It

Rajinder Tumber | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rajinder Tumber

After the brain scan, I can vaguely recall crying and thinking that this was the end of my life. I asked my parents to give me a pen and piece of paper, so I could write my will. From the complete lack of energy, it was a challenge to even hold a pen. It took me a long time to write just a few sentences.

There Wasn't Time To React When My Daughter Got Meningitis - I Went Into Practical Mode

Michelle Driver | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Driver

This is something even now I don't think I have quite accepted happened, or dealt with, but remaining positive and focused on what needed to be done is what helped us through it.

I Am So Thankful I Am Able To Watch My Little Girl Grow Up

Angel Stokes | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents
Angel Stokes

About ten minutes later I changed my mind, and went to get her some fresh clothes and nappy. I lifted up her top and undid her nappy. The sight I saw next sent shivers down my spine and I immediately burst into tears. She had purple blood spots, which I knew were an indicator of meningitis. I texted my partner Dean prior to calling 111.

When My Newborn Son Started Laughing I Had No Idea How Serious It Would Be

Kate Field | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Field

When my son Oscar was about 3 hours old he had started grunting. The Midwifery Care Assistant had come to check on us both to see if he was feeding and I told her he was laughing. She immediately took him from me and pressed the emergency button.

Everyone Should Familiarise Themselves With The Symptoms Of Meningitis

Nicola Giles | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Giles

I tried to play it down as my children Ellie and Riley were trying to spoil me as it was Mothers' Day but I just couldn't move from my bed. I went to bed early that night and woke at 5am with the worst pain I have ever felt in my head. I instantly knew something was wrong and my husband Dale called for an ambulance.

A New Meningitis Test Could Save Lives By Getting Results In Hours Not Days

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Tech

A rapid new test for meningitis, which affects approximately 3200 people in the UK every year, could save lives as it cuts time required for diagnosis...

All Young People Need To Ensure They Receive This Life-Saving Vaccine

Dr Tom Nutt | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Tom Nutt

At UK charity Meningitis Now we're campaigning for everyone who's eligible to take up their vaccine offers. We can't think of a good reason for young people not to get the ACWY vaccination, which protects them from four different strains of meningitis.

Grief After Meningitis - A Tale Of Two Charlies

Katy Mann | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Katy Mann

Last week baby Charlie Gard passed away. I think we all felt a little of what his parents must have gone through. They fought so hard to keep him aliv...

Scientists Say They've Just Found The First Vaccine Against Gonorrhoea

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Tech

For the first time ever scientists have found a vaccine that protects against gonorrhoea. It is being touted as a potential solution to the growing pr...

Parents Who Lost Teens To Meningitis Urge Others To Ensure Their Children Are Vaccinated

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Parents

A group of four parents who each lost a teenager to meningitis have issued a hard-hitting warning to other mums and dads about the importance of ensur...

The Meningitis Vaccine That Nobody Has Heard Of And How I Plan To Change That

Sharon Sandell | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sandell

As it turned out, the practice told us that they did not have enough of the vaccine in stock and Lauren would have to wait two weeks to get it. We were not told anything about this new MenW strain. Lauren started university and an appointment was booked for her to get the jab next time she was home. But that turned out to be too late.

Student Dies Amid Meningitis Outbreak At University

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

The University of Surrey has launched a meningitis vaccination programme after a student died amid an outbreak of the infection on campus. First year...

Meningitis And My Family

Katy Mann | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

Six and a half years ago my life was changed forever. My baby son Charlie was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis. It turned our world upside down when he died six days after his diagnosis. As we lay with our baby while he took his last breath we couldn't believe our cheeky little 15 week old boy had been so cruelly taken from us

Student With 'Golf Ball-Sized' Brain Tumour Told She Just Had An Ingrown Toenail

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A student who had a brain tumour the size of a golf ball was misdiagnosed with an ingrown toenail. Gemma Martin, 22, was left needing life-saving sur...

Parents Urged To Spend 60 Seconds Learning First Aid Which Could Save Their Child's Life

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Parents

Parents are being urged to spend just one minute learning first aid skills, which could ultimately save their child’s life in the future. Channel M...

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Parents Share Heartbreaking Images Of Moment Son Dies From Meningitis

Mercury Press | Amy Packham | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Parents

Warning: Readers may find the images in this article upsetting. The heartbreaking moment an eight-month-old baby died in his mum’s arms has been s...

Meningitis Vaccine - Don't 'B' Complacent

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Sally Norton

If your kids have had meningitis vaccines you may think they are safe - think again. No vaccine is 100% effective so any strain can still strike - but your teenager may not be covered against Meningitis B at all.

Meningitis: Everything Parents Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Parents

Meningitis can affect anyone, but it is most common in babies and children. Babies are particularly vulnerable to meningitis because they can’t eas...

Genetic Test Could Save Lives As It Allows Faster Meningitis Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Tech

A new genetic test could help doctors rapidly diagnose meningitis and other killer bacterial infections and help save lives. Currently when a child ar...

Is This The World's Most Unlucky Man?

SWNS | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A dad-of-two feels like the world’s most unlucky man after surviving four years of serious health problems - only to lose his wife to his best man. ...

The Importance of Global Unity Against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Chris Head | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Head

On May 24th, CoMO organised a parliamentary meeting entitled, 'Life Course Vaccination: From Babyhood to Healthy Ageing - what are the priorities?' in...

Parents Release Graphic Images To Raise Awareness Of Meningitis B

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: Some readers may find the photos in the article graphic. A seven-year-old girl who was struck down with meningitis B days after being a bri...

Parents Share Graphic Photos Of Daughter With Meningococcal B

PA Real Life | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: some may find the images in the article graphic. A mum has spoken of her horror after a tiny 'bruise' on her daughter's chest turned out to...