World Meningitis Day 2021 Key Messages

Meningitis and septicaemia are medical emergencies thatcan be deadly and have serious, long-lasting impacts.

* Approx. 1 in 10 who contract bacterial meningitis die of it, and 1 in 5 willexperience lifelong after effects such as brain damage, hearing loss, organdamage, and limb loss.

* Meningitis is emotionally devastating, not just for the person who contracted it,but for their loved ones as well.

* When someone loses a loved one to meningitis, their life is changed forever.Each person’s grief process is different but no one should have to cope alone.Support is important for everyone affected.

* Depression and anxiety, common psychological impacts of meningitis, costthe global economy US$1 trillion each year in lost productivity. The value ofemotional support networks cannot be underestimated.

The impact of Covid-19 has led to some people missing theirimmunisations and the number of meningitis cases are expected to rise when people start to gather again.

* Most meningitis is spread from person to person through respiratory dropletse.g. coughing, sneezing and close contact such as kissing.

*Meningitis can affect anyone at any age and can kill in under 24 hours.

* Seek medical attention immediately if you have the symptoms.

* Meningitis is largely vaccine preventable. Ensure you are up-to-date with yourimmunisations.

We can all help #DefeatMeningitis

* The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a Road Map to DefeatMeningitis by 2030 . Encourage your local politicians to commit to this vision.

* Tell people about the signs and symptoms. Early recognition saves lives.

* Get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you.

* Support local disability organisations and help to build accessible andinclusive societies.

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