World Meningitis Day - The Importance of 24 Hours

Chris Head | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Chris Head

As well as showing us the devastating impact meningitis can have, these stories are also telling us something else. That many forms of meningitis can be prevented through vaccination. And that, for the types of meningitis for which vaccination is not yet available, it is possible to get life-saving treatment if you know the symptoms and act quickly. We should listen to them.

Girl Who Lost Limbs To Meningitis Wins National Trampolining Competition

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Parents

A girl who lost both her arms and legs to meningitis is jumping for joy after winning her category in a national trampolining competition. Izzy Weall...

Two Challenges I Didn't Expect in My Forties

Charlene Hutsebaut | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlene Hutsebaut

Shockingly as such a vibrant active person I was diagnosed with viral meningitis and found myself in a hospital bed for seven days! I was on a ward with people 30-40 years my senior.

Government Rejects Extending Meningitis Vaccine After 810,000 Sign E-Petition

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Politics

Warning: People may find the photos below extremely graphic. The Government has rejected calls for the meningitis B vaccine to be prescribed to al...

Student Loses Her Legs And Fingers After Mistaking Meningitis For Freshers' Flu

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A student has lost both legs and fingers after mistaking deadly meningitis for freshers' flu. Charlotte Hannibal, 19, from Selston, Notts, was a h...

Petitions, Parliament and Power: It's Not Just About the Numbers

Nadia Gilani | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Nadia Gilani

The question shouldn't be "do petitions work?" but "how do they work best?" It's all down to the power of a strong personal story that will help you build an army of supporters who you can call on to take action, every step of the way to victory. If you do that, your campaign will be impossible to ignore - however many signatures it attracts.

MPs To Debate Extending Meningitis Vaccine After Largest E-Petition In UK History Urges Action

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Politics

Warning: People may find the photos below extremely graphic. MPs will debate whether to give the meningitis B vaccine to all children under 11 yea...

Why We Need Protection for Everyone Against Meningitis

Vinny Smith | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Vinny Smith

In the midst of the current debate about widening the age group eligible for MenB vaccination, at MRF we are asking government to deliver on the plan to show if vaccinating teenagers against MenB can protect the whole population, including the 2-11 year olds who are the focus of the current petition to government.

Matt Dawson On Son's Meningitis Battle: 'I Thought It Was A Virus'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Parents

Matt Dawson has opened up about the moment he discovered his two-year-old son had meningitis C in an emotional interview. The former England rugby ...

Meningitis Petition Has Become The UK's Most Signed After Death Of Faye

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: People may find the photos below extremely graphic. A petition calling for the meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children aged unde...

The Signs Of Meningitis In Kids You May Not Know About

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Parents

It's important for parents to be aware of the signs of meningitis in children aside from the commonly-known rash. Meningitis has hit the headlines ...

Graphic Image Shows Heartbreaking Reality Of Meningitis For Children

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: People may find the photos below extremely graphic. A mother has shared a shocking image of her daughter who recently died from meningiti...

Mum Kickstarts Parliamentary Debate Over Pregnancy Screening After Baby Dies

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Parents

A couple are appealing for Group B Strep pregnancy screening to be made mandatory, after their baby died from an infection that could have been preven...

Parents Warned About Increased Meningitis Risk At Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Parents

A national charity has issued a warning to parents that children are more likely to get meningitis over the Christmas period than at any other time of...

How Prosthetic Slippers Helped A Girl Who Lost Her Feet To Meningitis Dance Again

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Parents

A six-year-old girl who lost her feet to meningitis, has been able to re-learn how to walk and dance thanks to her life-like prosthetic slippers. A...

Boy With Meningitis Thought To Be 'Brain Dead' Made Miracle Recovery

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Parents

A boy who contracted meningitis at three weeks old and had his life support machine switched off made a miracle recovery and fight back to health. ...

Toddler Who Lost Limbs To Meningitis Is Learning To Stand With Prosthetic Feet

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents

A toddler who lost her limbs to meningitis is learning to stand after receiving prosthetic legs, her first pair of Clarks shoes and a standing frame t...

Meningitis: A Survivor's Story

Amy Davis | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amy Davis

Turning 18 was the most exciting time of my life. I was looking forward to making the most of becoming an 'official' adult and spending as much time going out with my friends as possible. Those turning 18 or off to university this year are probably feeling full of this excitement and the joys of not knowing what's around the corner - gearing up to start an amazing new chapter...

Meningitis - Your Vote Could Save Lives

Victoria Curran | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Parents
Victoria Curran

My son was extremely fortunate. He developed pneumococcal meningitis. It's an aggressive strain most common in babies under 18 months old. It is fatal in 15% of cases and 25% of those who survive are left with severe and disabling after-effects. From what we can tell, Finn has made a full recovery.

15 Photos Of Kids Which Powerfully Raise Awareness Of Meningococcal Disease

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Parents

World-renowned photographer Anne Geddes has used her talents as a visual storyteller to raise awareness about meningococcal meningitis in children. ...

Meningitis B Vaccine Now Given To Babies Across UK

PA | By Jane Kirby, Press Association Health Editor | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Parents

A new vaccine to prevent deadly meningitis is to be given to babies across the UK from today. The meningitis B jab is being offered on the NHS for ...

MenB Vaccine Could Prevent Up to 4,000 Cases of Meningococcal Disease

Chris Head | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Head

Staff and members from Meningitis Research Foundation welcome the rollout from 1 September of the world's first comprehensive vaccination programme for babies against meningococcal B (MenB) meningitis and septicaemia through the UK's immunisation programme.

The Meningitis

Miss Behave | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Miss Behave

In the long run meningitis and what I thought were my dreams disappearing was exactly what needed to happen for me to find out what I wanted to do. I'm not saying I'd recommend a debilitating virus and bad health...but it worked for me.

Heartbreaking Photo Shows Woman Clutching Her 'Soul Mate' As He Dies After Meningitis Misdiagnosis

SWNS | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has released a heartbreaking photo showing her clutching the man she loved, just hours before he passed away. Mthuthuzeli Mpongwana, 38, wa...

#StoptheSpread Against a Deadly New Strain of Meningitis

Chris Head | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents
Chris Head

We have launched #StoptheSpread to encourage all students starting university in September and young people at secondary school to make sure they are protected against this deadly strain of meningitis and septicaemia.