• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Risky Behavior

    According to a recent study data, the risk for invasive fungal disease is higher among smokers. Annabelle Pourbaix, of the Necker-Pasteur Center for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Paris, and colleagues wrote, “Smoking increases the risk for bacterial pneumonia and meningitis and second-hand smoke exposure is associated with increased risk for childhood invasive meningococcal disease.” Read the […]

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  • Trust Instincts

    Nova, Taylor Dougan’s five-month-old daughter, was showing signs of what they originally thought was teething. Nova hadn’t eaten for 13 hours & started vomiting, was jaundiced and was in a “sleep-like coma,” according to her mom. They took Nova to the doctor who said she had gastroenteritis or the stomach flu – and the family […]

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  • Bad Headache

    Jessica Cain, 21 years old, from Gateshead, England, died suddenly after complaining of a headache before going to sleep. She was found unresponsive the next morning when her mother tried to wake her up. She was given CPR while the paramedics arrived, but she could not be revived. The mother said that the whole family […]

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  • Courageous Paralympian

    Théo Curin races in the Men’s 200m Freestyle S5 Final on Day Two of the London 2019 World Para-swimming Championships where he claimed a bronze medal. His immediate focus now is on qualifying for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Theo contracted meningococcal meningitis at age six. To save his life, doctors had to amputate the […]

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  • Ontario Death

    A young adult in Waterloo region recently died after contracting meningococcal meningitis. People who are at a higher risk include household contacts, intimate partners, and those who shared cigarettes, vapes, food and drink or anything that has been in other people’s mouth. The disease is contagious though not an airborne disease, meaning it is not […]

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