• Get Seen

    Meningitis Now chief executive Dr Tom Nutt said: “Research has shown that up to a quarter of 15 to 24-year-olds carry the bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in the back of their throats compared to one in 10 of the general population.’ The charity is warning people to assess their symptoms including fever, […]

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  • School Vaccinations

    Free vaccinations are being offered by The Somerset County Health Department for students entering Kindergarten through 7th grades, and those entering 7th through 12th grades attending Somerset County Schools this fall. It is important to keep the vaccines up-to-date and keep our children  protected  from vaccine preventable diseases. Read the article

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  • Disease Connection

    Meningitis and encephalitis are two distinct conditions that affect the Central Nervous System (CNS). Meningitis causes inflammation in the outer covering of the brain & spinal cord called the meninges, while encephalitis causes inflammation of the brain tissue. Meningitis cannot cause encephalitis, and encephalitis cannot cause meningitis. However, it is possible to have both conditions […]

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  • Teen Outreach

    Molly Ringwald teams up with the National Meningitis Association (NMA) for – the 16 Vaccine Initiative – to help parents and their teens in getting to know about the importance of meningococcal meningitis vaccine. NMA President Leslie Maier, who lost her son Chris to meningococcal meningitis when he was just 17 years old, encourages parents to […]

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  • Cancer Risk

    Carcinomatous meningitis is a condition that happens when cancer cells spread to the membrane surrounding your brain and spinal cord called your meninges It is difficult to treat because it usually occurs together with late stage cancer meaning this it has already spread to multiple parts of your body. People are likely to experience severe complications […]

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  • Bacteria Protection

    The results of their study led by Professor Robert Read and Dr Jay Laver from the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre and the University of Southampton, was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The work is the first of its kind where they inserted a gene into a harmless type of a bacteria, that allows […]

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  • Double Transplant

    Beyza Dogan, 24 year-old Turkish woman lost both of her arms and legs after contracted meningococcal meningitis while living in Cologne, Germany, four years ago. Her kidneys collapsed due to blood poisoning and two years ago, her mother, Mihriban Dogan, 54, donated a kidney to her. With the help of Dr. Levent Yilmaz, a general […]

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  • Vaccination Required

    Syracuse University wrote to their International Graduate Students that New York state law requires that they submit their vaccination records including but not limited to: A meningococcal meningitis vaccination within the last five years and after the age of 16, or a waiver if they have a medical or religious exemption before finalizing their plans […]

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  • Very Lethal

    Gemma McGee, 24 year old from Longford, died from meningococcal septicaemia within 36 hours of falling ill. Dr Owen MacEneaney, who performed an autopsy, said “ MenW was fatal in around 10% of cases while 30% of infections presented as septicaemia without meningitis”. Ms McGee’s family’s life had been turned upside down as a result […]

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  • Don’t Procrastinate

    Invercargill man Michael Moncur, then18-year-old in 2018, contracted meningococcal B. He was one of three students to fall ill with meningitis and doctors gave him a 10% chance of survival. It was confusing and shocking to find out what had happened on waking up after three days in a coma. He is now focused on […]

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