Mark Hunt, our Director of Communications and Marketing, said, “Our wall planners are part of a package of materials aimed at raising meningitis awareness among students, who are an at-risk group for this disease."
“They are extremely popular with students around the country, with nearly 25,000 copies already distributed. As well as a useful aid for planning around revision and exams each one could help to save a life."
Looking for a good home
“Now we’re well into the New Year we’re keen to give the last few copies we have in stock a good home and at the same time help to raise further disease awareness.”
Meningitis is a difficult disease to spot, as many of its early symptoms can be easily confused with flu, a stomach bug or a hangover. These include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle pain.
Signs and symptoms
More specific signs and symptoms include fever with cold hands and feet, drowsiness, confusion, pale blotchy skin, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights and a rash which doesn’t fade under pressure. Symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.
Our advice is not to wait for a rash to develop, trust your instincts and get urgent medical help if concerned.
Following bacterial meningitis or septicaemia, one in ten people will die and at least a third of survivors will be left with lifelong after-effects such as hearing loss, epilepsy, limb loss or learning difficulties.
Mark added, “Please get in touch if you would like to distribute copies of the poster around your school or college. We’re keen that they’re used by students to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of the disease.”