It Could Have Been Me! | World Meningitis Day

At 18 months I nearly became a statistic due to meningitis so I really felt called to bring awareness to “Wold Meningitis Day” through sharing my mother’s testimony and experience Brenda Taruvinga.

World Meningitis Day is on 24 April and the theme for 2020 is #DefeatMeningitis. The aim of this day is to raise awareness about Meningococcal Meningitis, in particular, a disease that can be devastating, with high fatality and a life-changing permanent impact on survivors, even when adequate treatment is provided.

The Facts:
Meningococcal disease is an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord also called Meningitis.5a Meningitis is an extremely serious disease and can be fatal. It can also cause serious complications especially permanent neurologic damage.

The highest incidence of Meningococcal disease is in infants younger than 12 months, but a second, lower peak occurs in adolescence. Vaccines are therefore highly recommended in preventing bacterial Meningococcal disease. Ideally, all South Africans should be protected against this disease, even though the risk of acquiring it is low.

“The best way to protect your family is to make sure they are vaccinated,” says Dr Nasiha Soofie, Medical Head for Sanofi Pasteur Vaccines in South Africa. “The Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against four types of Meningococcal bacteria and is recommended for all infants and children. It provides your loved ones with optimal protection against this devastating disease.”

“Meningococcal Meningitis can end the life of a child in less than 24 hours,” says Dr Soofie. “Up to 20% of survivors, at any age, are at risk of severe, permanent complications like deafness, amputation, and mental disorders. That’s why prevention through vaccination is vital.”

Meningitis It Could Have Been Me! | World Meningitis Day

At 18 months I nearly became a statistic due to meningitis so I really felt called to bring awareness to "Wold Meningitis Day" through sharing my mother's testimony and experience Brenda Taruvinga. World Meningitis Day is on 24 April and the theme for 2020 is #DefeatMeningitis. The aim of this day is to raise awareness about Meningococcal Meningitis, in particular, a disease that can be devastating, with high fatality and a life-changing permanent impact on survivors, even when adequate treatment is provided.The Facts:Meningococcal disease is an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord also called Meningitis.5a Meningitis is an extremely serious disease and can be fatal. It can also cause serious complications especially permanent neurologic damage. The highest incidence of Meningococcal disease is in infants younger than 12 months, but a second, lower peak occurs in adolescence. Vaccines are therefore highly recommended in preventing bacterial Meningococcal disease. Ideally, all South Africans should be protected against this disease, even though the risk of acquiring it is low. “The best way to protect your family is to make sure they are vaccinated,” says Dr Nasiha Soofie, Medical Head for Sanofi Pasteur Vaccines in South Africa. “The Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against four types of Meningococcal bacteria and is recommended for all infants and children. It provides your loved ones with optimal protection against this devastating disease.”“Meningococcal Meningitis can end the life of a child in less than 24 hours,” says Dr Soofie. “Up to 20% of survivors, at any age, are at risk of severe, permanent complications like deafness, amputation, and mental disorders. That’s why prevention through vaccination is vital.”

Posted by My Rhythm of Life on Friday, 24 April 2020

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