Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/08/2017. Tags: Parenting
ACT for Meningitis is issuing a warning as children and students go back to school and college this September.
There is a higher risk of Meningitis at this time of year, as students spend a lot more time indoors and within close contact, germs are spread much easier. Also coming down with a cold or flu can weaken an immune system; therefore you are more susceptible to the disease.
People must also be aware that meningitis can present with symptoms similar to that of the flu and as there are still no vaccinations against all strains of the disease, knowing the signs and symptoms is your own or your families best form of defence.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining around the spinal cord and the brain, caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis, septicaemia or both. The symptoms of Meningitis can appear in any order and some may not appear at all, therefore we urge people to trust your instincts. Babies and children up to age five are most at-risk age group of contracting Meningitis, while 16-24 year olds are the second highest at risk age group but anyone of any age can get Meningitis.
Symptoms of meningitis can develop rapidly. While early symptoms which include headache, fever, vomiting, muscle pain, are flu like symptoms someone with Meningitis or septicaemia can get a lot worse very quickly so keep checking them. Further specific symptoms of Meningitis include fever with cold hands and feet, stiff neck, dislike to bright lights, drowsiness, confusion and a rash which doesn't fade under pressure.
Symptoms in babies can include being irritable, refusing to feed, high pitched crying ,rapid breathing and cold hands and feet and bulging soft spot on head. Although a rash is often the most well-known symptom, it may not always appear. If it does it is often a sign that the disease is advancing rapidly and vital medical attention is needed.
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