It was sad to hear the death of another child from bacterial meningitis recently. You should be aware that although the disease is uncommon it can affect everyone not just babies.
There are eight key symptoms of meningitis you should watch out for…
1. A high temperature A fever of 38°C or above is common
2. Vomiting Although this is a common symptom of many illnesses, severe and persistent vomiting can be suggestive
3. Headache This is often severe or worsening and can be relentless
4. Stiff neck Your neck will be rigid and you will be unable to move your head
5. Joint and muscle ache This is often an underestimated symptom. Severe muscle pain with headache, fever and rash are cardinal symptoms
6. Unable to tolerate bright lights
7. Rash This is usually a red-purple rash all over the body. The rash will not fade when a glass is pressed against it
8. Drowsiness You may become sleepy and then become unresponsive and go into a coma
Although meningitis can be severe and life threatening, there are vaccines that can protect you and your family. It is a common misconception that only children susceptible. This is not true, in fact it can affect anyone of any age and particularly those with a poor immune system such as individuals who have had their spleen removed.
The B strain the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in UK. Whilst there is a vaccine available this is only given to babies. The ACWY strains are more common in parts of Africa but with the advent of frequent international travel The ACWY strains are now also present in the UK. For this reason, the meningitis ACWY vaccine is now given to all 14 year olds as well as first year university students.
If you would like to know more about the meningitis B or ACWY vaccine or have any other questions, please contact us on(024) 7601 6519 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Ravi Gowda, Director , Travel Klinix