• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Champion Passes

    Nick Springer, 35 years old, contracted Meningococcal Meningitis at age 14 died suddenly on April 14. Nick had both legs amputated above the knees and both arms to mid-forearm. He began playing sled hockey before he was fully finished with rehab, and at age 16, segued into Quadriplegic Wheelchair Rugby (“Murderball”) which brought him five international […]

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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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