Why I’ll Be Vaccinating My Boys Against Meningitis
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I want to share some important information I’ve recently discovered about meningitis with you all in the hope that you’ll take action and protect your children from this dreadful disease.
Whilst I was familiar about the warning signs in babies and toddlers thanks to videos and coverage in mainstream press and online, I was completely unaware that up to 1 in 5 adolescents and young adults can carry the bacteria that leads to the disease.
Although rare, meningitis can go from first symptoms to death within 24 hours and it’s our job as parents to protect our children. The bacteria that causes meningitis can spread from person to person via things like living in close quarters, kissing, coughing and sharing cups. Which as you know, teenagers are more likely to engage with than the rest of us.
Not everyone gets a rash either so it can be hard to tell the difference between cold or flu and the early symptoms of meningitis. If in doubt, always seek medical attention.
Furthermore, 10-20% of people who survive the disease can be left with after-effects like amputation and
skin scarring. It’s a scary thought.
If you think you’re at risk or your teens might be, please get advice immediately from a healthcare professional as it can become serious quickly.
Whilst you can’t change everything in life, vaccination is something you and I have the power to act on and it’s something I’ll be doing for my two sons to protect them when they might be most vulnerable.