Don’t drop out because of MeningitisBy Meningitis Research Foundation
Students who have recently settled into university life are being encouraged by national charity Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) to be aware of the dangers of Meningitis and Septicaemia.
Meningitis and Septicaemia can affect people of all ages, striking in minutes and killing in hours. Current vaccines don’t prevent all forms of the diseases so students need to Be MeningitisWise and be aware of the signs and symptoms.
Research has shown that over 10% of students in the UK have not heard of either disease and over 50% of students do not know whether they have been vaccinated against them.
A quarter of students believe a rash is present in all cases of Meningitis, when in fact there are some types of Meningitis where a rash does not appear at all. Students need to be vigilant of other symptoms including fever, vomiting, dislike of bright lights, neck stiffness, cold hands and feet, being confused/delirious.
George Lane who is studying history and politics at York University had meningitis three times when he was six years old and again just before his 18th birthday – here he talks about his experiences.
Chris Head, MRF Chief Executive, said:
Students and young adults are the second most ‘at-risk’ group in the UK after children under five. They are more vulnerable to meningitis and septicaemia as they are in new environments such as shared houses and halls of residences and are exposed to greater levels of bacteria and viruses. Traditionally cases begin to rise amongst this group in the autumn and winter so it’s vital that students know what the symptoms of meningitis are so they can tell the difference between them and more common flu-like illnesses or just a hang over.”
MRF provide a unique free iPhone app for students which includes a symptoms checker, emergency hospital information, latest news and links to further information. To find out more visit www.bit.ly/MRFapp.
MRF offer a wide range of awareness resources including posters containing symptoms information and leaflets which they distribute free of charge to universities, colleges and schools across the UK. To order your free literature – 080 8800 3344.