• Fighting for her life

    A South Australian 21- year old woman became infected with meningococcal meningitis & is fighting for her life. The Adelaide woman is in intensive care unit & the serogroup has yet to be identified. SA Health reported 2 cases so far of invasive meningococcal disease this year. Watch for symptoms & get help immediately if […]

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  • Important Truths

    Learn more about meningitis by joining the Sunday Times Connect webinar with Sanofi  on  Wednesday, April 21. World Meningitis Day is April 24 & the theme this year is “Take Action”. Dr. Soofie, medical head at Sanofi Pasteur Vaccines said, “The pandemic has resulted in people missing their immunizations and the number of (IMD) invasive […]

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  • Courage Wins

    Louise Duncan was only 17-year-old when she mentioned to a friend about  her shoulder being sore and stiff. They attributed the symptoms from being a horse enthusiast’s riding lessons that day. Things spiraled downwards from a meningococcal meningitis diagnosis to induced coma, to having seizures & strokes. She recalls, “The doctors told Mum and Dad […]

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  • Staying Safe

    Vaccines and vaccinations have protected people from many deadly diseases since small pox vaccine was first identified.  Since then billions of people have been protected from many deadly diseases throughout the world.  Strangely though, many people are reluctant to being vaccinated. Whether it’s fear of needles or concerns that some vaccines may have side effects, […]

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  • Poverty connection

    In New Zealand, the five main types of meningococcal disease are A, B, C, Y and W. About half of the cases is caused by Type B — the one most people have heard of which usually affects infants, young children and adolescents. The rates are higher among Maori and Pasifika communities and with infants […]

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  • No Help

    Phoebe Moon’s first holiday on a cruise via the Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas—a ship that promotes activities for the little ones. When Phoebe got sick, her mother Aimee said, “We actually visited the infirmary five times that day and she just got worse and worse throughout the day. Every time we went down […]

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  • Re-learning the Basics

    Jamini Wright spoke out during Meningitis Awareness week for the charity Meningitis Research Foundation. Jamini experienced joint pain and repetitive vomiting in January 2020 when she contracted the potentially fatal meningococcal meningitis and septicemia, spending four weeks in hospital. She continues to suffer after effects, including limb pain, severe fatigue and headaches. Jamini said, “I […]

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  • Vaccines for Newborns

    Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that a meningococcal meningitis vaccine will be administered for free to newborns in Malta and Gozo. The vaccine will cover all types including A, B,C, W and Y of meningococcal meningitis administered in three doses by the department of health.  “On average, Malta has about 10-15 cases of meningococcal meningitis […]

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  • Back Home

    Luke Mortimer, a seven-year-old Skipton boy, lost his hands and legs to meningococcal meningitis A rugby player, he is back home after a five-month hospital stay during which he had 23 operations. The family faced further challenges during his time in hospital because of the corona virus pandemic with only Luke’s mother Christine allowed to […]

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  • Vaccine Approved

    US FDA approved MenQuadfi, the first quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine aged two years and above. The vaccine uses tetanus toxoid as a protein carrier and formulated as a ready-to-use liquid product. Sanofi Pasteur executive vice-president David Loew said, “Meningococcal meningitis remains a major global health challenge because it can strike quickly and with devastating effect, taking […]

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