Meningitis awareness

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MENINGITIS has been in the news throughout 2014 but it’s no time to be complacent about the symptoms. Deadly forms of the disease are still unprotected by vaccination and cases rise during the winter.

That’s why we hold a Meningitis Awareness Week every autumn – this year from 15 September 2014 – and why we encourage everyone to learn the symptoms and seek medical help fast if they think family, friends, neighbours and colleagues are seriously ill.

It is also important that young adults, who are the second highest at risk group, get their free MenC booster if starting university this year. Freshers up to age 25 have until October 31 to get vaccinated.

For more symptom information and background on the disease and our work visit

Christopher Head

Chief Executive,

Meningitis Research