Today Wednesday 24th April 2019 is World Meningitis Day.
Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. This bacterial infection can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining around the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
The only way to prevent meningitis is by getting vaccinated. Please make sure you get vaccines on time every time. 40 cases of meningococcal disease have been reported by the HPSC since the beginning of 2019.
Meningitis can be caused by meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease or Hib. In Ireland we offer MenB, MenC, PCV and Hib vaccines to protect against meningitis.
As not all strains of meningitis are vaccine preventable, being able to recognise the symptoms is crucial. If you are concerned seek medical help immediately.
This page was added on 24 April 2019