Meningitis Awareness Week

Meningitis Awareness Week will this year take place between the 19th and 25th September. To tie in with this, a new video has been launched online which supports the MRF, Meningitis Research Foundation, campaign called ‘Counting the Cost of Meningitis’, which calls for support for vaccinations against both meningitis and septicaemia, (meningitis.org/sign)

The MRF is petitioning the Government to ensure that widespread and preventative treatments of these diseases are implemented at the first possible opportunity, which will reduce the lifelong impact of suffering from meningitis and septicaemia.  This new video explains how valuable every signature is, and encourages people to sign up to the MRF petition. The goal is to achieve 10,000 signatures, and only takes a second.

If you are wondering why you should sign, you should really be asking yourself why shouldn’t you. The lifelong costs of surviving septicaemia and meningitis have been closely examined by the MRF as part of their ‘Counting the Cost of Meningitis’ campaign, which is a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the lifelong impact of both diseases using two case studies which are fictional.

Prevention is an awful lot more cost effective than treatments, so the MRF are urging the Government to start persuing the earliest implementation possible of the vaccines that will prevent the diseases developing.

Peter, who was 18 months old when he was struck down with septicaemia which left him with multiple amputations and behavioural difficulties. Total lifelong costs of supporting Peter up to age 70 are £2,833,374.

Emma, who was three years old when she became ill with meningitis which left her brain damaged, deaf and partially blind. Total lifelong costs of supporting Emma up to age 50 are £3,507,664.

These illnesses have far-reaching consequences with survivors facing an on-going need for specialist medical care as well as additional educational and financial support running into millions of pounds.

Christopher Head, Chief Executive of MRF said: “’Counting the Cost of Meningitis’ shows how those who survive can struggle to come to terms with the impact of these horrific diseases which change lives forever. Our campaign makes practical recommendations to Government to reduce the burden of disease through vaccination in the UK. Vaccination provides peace of mind across the country and we are urging everyone across the UK to sign our online petition at www.meningitis.org/sign.”