This theme seems to capture thoughts about viral meningitis being invisible, both in terms of its significance compared with bacterial meningitis and, more importantly, the often invisible but significant impact it has on people’s lives.
Our aim, as always, is to inform the public, medical professionals and employers about the true impact of the disease, the long-term problems it can bring and tackle the misconception that viral meningitis is always a ‘mild’ disease.
Up to 6,000 people each year across the UK suffer from viral meningitis. Most will make a good recovery, but this can be very slow. Read some of these meningitis stories.
‘Make Viral Visible’, our fifth annual Viral Meningitis Awareness Week, takes place between 1 and 7 May. Previous weeks have reached over 4 million people through social media – please like, share and re-tweet to help us reach even more people this year.
We have a range of free services to support individuals and their families after viral meningitis. If you have been affected by viral meningitis, please contact our Helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not suffer from viral meningitis alone.
It’s vital that everybody understands how serious viral meningitis can be and that those suffering from it are not afraid to speak out about it and seek the support they need
Mark Hunt, Director of Communications, Meningitis Now.