Protect yourself against meningitis while at uni and know when to seek medical help
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Some bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning) which can kill in mere hours. Many of those that survive are left with life-changing after-effects.
Facts about Meningitis:
Meningitis can affect anyone, of any age, at any time, however there are ‘at risk’ groups (such as young children, university students, and senior citizens)
Meningitis can strike quickly and kill within hours, so urgent medical attention is essential
Most people will make a good recovery with prompt medical attention, but some will suffer life-long after-effects and complications
Vaccines are the only way to prevent meningitis, and until we have vaccines to prevent all types, you need to know the signs and symptoms to look out for and the action to take.
Meningitis is a dangerous disease. It is important to be familiar with the symptoms to watch out for - it might save a life.
Do not wait for a rash to appear before taking action.
Note that not all these symptoms need to be present, and they may not develop at the same time.)
If you have not been vaccinated and you would like to be protected now, please contact your GP as soon as possible.
If you're worried about meningitis, don't waste time. Trust your instincts and get medical help immediately.