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Meningococcal meningitis for parents

Meningococcal meningitis is rare but potentially devastating. 1,2 While the disease mainly affects children below the age of five, adolescents and young adults, it can affect anyone, anywhere in the world. 1,3
The disease can lead to severe complications like deafness, loss of limbs or even death. 1,4
Be in the know about the disease and whether your child is protected.

Meningococcal meningitis mainly affects children
Bacteria that can cause the disease can be passed through saliva
Early symptoms can be misleading
Vaccination can help protect your child
A world with vaccines is a protected one

A world with vaccines, is a protected one

Lily's story surviving meningococcal disease

Lily’s story surviving meningococcal disease

References

  1. WHO. Meningococcal meningitis. Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/meningococcal-meningitis Accessed February 2021.
  2. ECDC. Factsheet about meningococcal disease. Available at: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/meningococcal-disease/factsheet Accessed February 2021.
  3. Meningitis Research Foundation. What are meningitis and septicaemia. Available at: https://www.meningitis.org/meningitis/what-is-meningitis Accessed February 2021.
  4. CDC. Meningococcal disease – Diagnosis, Treatment, and Complications. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/diagnosis-treatment.html Accessed February 2021.
  5. CDC. Meningococcal disease – Signs and Symptoms. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/symptoms.html Accessed February 2021.