Look out for your mates

10th November 2015

Winter's here! The clocks have gone back, the evenings are darker, it’s cold, it’s wet and your sofa’s calling

Look after mates
Lazy afternoons with your mates (and maybe a bit of Jezza for company) are top of the agenda, but this invitation of extra indoor chill time can also bring an unwelcome guest….meningitis.

Did you know, cases of this killer disease rise between October and March, and a high proportion of these are students?

Why am I at risk?

Following our animal instincts, we naturally go into hibernation mode at this time of year. We spend more time indoors, getting ‘up close and personal’ with friends and family, meaning germs are spread more easily. As it’s also that time of year when everyone’s suffering with miserable colds and flu, our immune systems are usually lower.

What do I need to know?

Meningitis is a serious disease so we want you to know what to look out for. It can kill within hours so the quicker you act, the more likely you are to save yours, or someone elses, life.

Keep your eyes peeled for:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever with cold hands and feet
  • Headaches
  • A stiff neck
  • Dislike of bright lights
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Pale blotchy skin
  • Drowsiness and confusion
  • A rash that doesn't fade under pressure

Remember, symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.

Even if you’ve had the Men ACWY vaccine you still need to know your stuff - you’re not protected against all types of meningitis. 

You can arm yourself with our lifesaving signs and symptoms info by downloading our free mobile app or requesting a credit-card sized symptoms card here 

Protect yourself!