Meningitis Now staff member Clara Wiggins

Dr Ali explains the importance of getting vaccinated against meningitis

Clara Wiggins | 16th December 2019

Doctor by day, YouTuber by night: today we welcome influencer Dr Ali to the Meningitis Now family as we share his exclusive video about students and meningitis

Dr Ali video about importance of meningitis vaccines for young people

Dr Ali, an actual junior doctor working in Cambridge, usually shares videos with his thousands of medical student followers about things like taking notes in class, studying for exams, and how to be productive.

So we were delighted when he agreed to bring his knowledge and quirky style to help us share the message about the importance of getting vaccinated against meningitis. 

In the video, filmed with Dr Ali suitably clad in one of our trademark bright orange Meningitis Now t-shirts, he speaks about the importance of vaccinations, what they are and why they are good, and also gives a clear explanation of the complicated disease that is meningitis. He urges everyone who is eligible for the free MenACWY vaccination to get it – and those that aren’t sure of they have had it to check with their GP.

Pause for thought

One of many interesting facts in the short video is that one in four young people carry the bacteria that can cause meningitis – a fact that will hopefully give many of our student followers pause for thought.

Meningitis Now CEO Dr Tom Nutt said he was delighted Dr Ali had agreed to film this video, and emphasised the importance of finding innovative ways to reach young people. 

“One of the things we want to do more of and get better at is to reach more people,” he said. “We are always looking for ways to spread awareness about meningitis and let people know about our support."

“I was therefore delighted to see this video by Dr Ali which will reach one of the most important groups when it comes to meningitis – students and young people."

“Thank you Dr Ali, and I hope our supporters enjoy the video as much as we did.”

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