• World Meningitis Day is April 24

    Even though we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic devastating lives around the globe, awareness efforts on World Meningitis Day is still happening this April 24! Meningococcal Meningitis affects anyone, more than 2.8 million people globally each year with teenagers and college students ages 16 through 21 have the highest rates. One in five […]

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  • Some Similarities

    Meningitis & encephalitis though different, both conditions involve inflammation and can be dangerous. Dr. Katie L. Hendley, a neurologist with Covenant Medical Group in Lubbock, Texas, “encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain itself, most often caused by infection. Whereas meningitis affects the membrane that covers the outside of the brain and the spinal cord.” Because encephalitis […]

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  • Vaccine-preventable diseases

    Scientists are working diligently to come up with a vaccine to prevent the continuation of COVID-19 pandemic. There are many diseases though that we face in our lifetime that are vaccine -preventable. An example is Meningococcal Disease. It is a bacterial disease that can cause meningitis, an infection and swelling of the brain and spinal cord […]

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  • Didn’t See

    A doctor who diagnosed Daniel Christopher Roulant, 22, a young Queenslander with a cold had no way of knowing he would die from meningitis six days later. Mr Roulant’s sister April, had not heard from her brother in days so she contacted one of his flatmates to check on him. When both flatmates went to […]

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  • Tragic Loss

    Everett Halikas, an Arcata High School athlete was rushed to UCSF and died of a form of bacterial meningitis. Dr. Teresa Frankovich, Humboldt County’s Public Health Officer said, “his diagnosis is unrelated to COVID-19. This is a bacteria not a virus. Parents think about vaccinating, Meningococcal disease is a preventable disease.” Read the full article

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  • Protect Preteens

    Lowndes County Health Department is joining the Georgia Department of Public Health in recognizing March 9-13 as Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week in an effort to keep every adult and child safe. The week serves as a reminder for parents to talk with their preteens and teens about getting immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, health officials […]

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  • Hospital Failure

    Lewys Crawford’s temperature remained high so his parents decided to take him straight to the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff. Clinicians failed to administer broad spectrum antibiotics until more than six hours after Lewys arrival so the 13-week-old baby boy died the following day of meningococcal septicaemia (Group B). His parents heard at […]

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  • Life Lost

    The University of Canterbury community is mourning the tragic death of a student from meningococcal disease. Canterbury DHB medical officer of health, Dr Ramon Pink said, “Meningococcal disease is a fast-moving illness, which has symptoms similar to a number of other illnesses such as influenza.” If you suspect someone in your family may have meningococcal […]

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  • School Alert

    Ashton-on-Mersey secondary school issued a warning to parents after a student was struck down with meningococcal disease. Public Health England say the bacterial infection can lead to both meningitis affecting the brain & spinal cord or septicaemia (affecting the blood). Many people can carry it without becoming unwell. The letter adds: “Please ensure your child […]

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  • Vaccination Update

    To best protect children & teenagers at different stages of their development from preventable diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released an immunization timetable to outline when and how to vaccinate these young people. New guidelines have been issued for children who had previously received the MenACWY meningitis vaccine before the age of […]

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