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This week’s hard hitting storyline in Hollyoaks (Monday at 7pm on E4 and Tuesday 6:30pm on Channel 4) sees first year University student, Ash Kane, suddenly collapse in her student halls, and she is later diagnosed with meningitis.
We have been working with the show and you will see some of our literature in the hospital scenes, as well as our helpline and website being featured at the end of the show.
We are reminding students to be aware of all the signs and symptoms of meningitis. Students are an at risk group, with up to 30% of them carrying the most common bacteria which causes meningitis, compared to 10% of the population as a whole.
University students are vulnerable due to living in more cramped housing or halls of residence. In many cases young people come together from all over the country - and indeed world - to live in one place and can be exposed to bacteria and viruses their body’s have not met before. As the early symptoms of meningitis can disguise themselves as other things, such as ‘fresher’s flu’, or maybe a hangover, it’s easy to mistake meningitis for something else.
Every year around 3,000 cases of bacterial meningitis are reported in the UK – leaving 10% dead and 15% of survivors with severe after-effects such as brain damage, loss of hearing and sight and, where septicaemia has occurred, loss of limbs and scarring. It’s a disease which can strike quickly and kill within hours, so knowledge of the symptoms, vigilance and quick action are vital.
Sue Davie, Chief Executive of the Trust says “We’re asking students to know the symptoms, trust their instincts and look out for their friends. They should register with the student health service and know how to get urgent medical attention. We have a free symptoms application for iPhone and the Android, these are available at www.meningitisapp.co.uk. To get hold of our credit card sized signs and symptoms cards, simply call our freephone 24-hour nurse-led helpline on 0808 80 10 388”
To download a poster for your school, college or university click on the image below: