YOUR CHOICE.

THEIR LIVES.

meningitis

Meningitis can lead to death in 24 hours.1

Protect your children and save their lives by vaccinating them against invasive meningococcal disease.

meningitis-girl

Meningococcal Meningitis –
make vaccination a priority.

rings_sml

What is Meningitis

  • Meningococcal meningitis, a form of meningococcal disease, is a serious bacterial infection. Unlike viral meningitis, it can potentially kill an otherwise healthy young person within 1 day after the first symptoms appear.1,2

  • Meningococcal disease can be difficult to recognise, especially in its early stages because meningitis symptoms are similar to those of more common viral illnesses. But unlike more common illnesses, meningococcal disease can cause death or disability within just 1 day.1

  • Many of the people who survive meningococcal meningitis can be left with serious medical problems that may include amputation of limbs, fingers, or toes, severe scarring, brain damage, hearing loss, kidney damage, and psychological problems.2

rings_sml

How to prevent the disease

  • You can’t watch your children every minute of every day. But you can help protect them from meningococcal disease (which includes meningitis) by getting them vaccinated. Getting your child vaccinated is the best way to help protect them from meningococcal meningitis.1,2

  • Simply talk to your child’s health-care provider about the importance of vaccination. Meningitis vaccine (indicated from 9 months of age) is available for individuals who wish to reduce their risk of contracting the disease.1,2

  • If you ever suspect that your child has meningitis, contact emergency services right away, where he or she can be evaluated and receive prompt medical care.1,2

rings_sml

Who’s at Risk for Meningitis

  • Even people who are usually healthy can get meningitis. Although all age groups are affected, the highest-risk groups include infants and young children.1,2

How Meningococcal Disease Spreads

  • Common everyday activities can spread meningococcal disease. This includes kissing, sharing utensils and drinking glasses, living in close quarters such as a dormitory or summer camp, and smoking or being exposed to smoke. Activities that can make teens feel run down may also put them at greater risk for meningitis by weakening their immune system. These include staying out late and having irregular sleeping patterns.2

Visit the website
endmeningitis.com 

Real people, Real Stories

Voices of Meningitis is a program of the National Association of School Nurses in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur

Ask your doctor for more information about meningitis prevention

sanofi-logo

References – Further Reading

1. Thompson MJ, Ninis N, Perera R et al. Clinical recognition of meningococcal disease in children and adolescents. Lancet. 2006;367:397-403. 2. World Health Organisation. Media Centre. Meningococcal meningitis. Available from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs141/en/#. Accessed on 13/08/14Voices of Meningitis is a program of the National Association of School Nurses in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur

Related Projects
Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt