Get ready for World Meningitis Day

24th March 2019

World Meningitis Day on Wednesday 24 April this year focuses on Life After Meningitis

Get ready for World Meningitis Day blog

We’re happy to support the day, an initiative of the worldwide Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO).

This year’s theme will shine a spotlight on the bravery of meningitis survivors and the challenges that they and their families face every day.

We will also be highlighting what life is like for those who lose a loved one to meningitis – their life after the disease.

Through telling your stories, raising awareness of the signs and symptoms and increasing vaccine knowledge, World Meningitis Day will raise the profile of the disease and share important information with millions of people.

The four key messages are:

  • Meningitis and septicaemia can strike in hours, but the after-effects can last a lifetime. After-effects can be life-changing and may include memory loss, deafness, loss of sight, epilepsy, paralysis, limb loss, organ damage and brain damage. Of course, those who lose a loved one to the disease have their lives changed forever.
  • Vaccinations are key to meningitis prevention.
  • Recognising the symptoms and acting fast are crucial. Seek medical attention immediately if meningitis is suspected.
  • There are 2,000 cases of bacterial meningitis and 6,000 of viral meningitis each year in the UK – equivalent to 22 a day. Worldwide, meningitis affects more than 2.8 million people each year.

Are you happy to help us spread the word? 

We’re looking for individuals and families willing to share your stories of Life After Meningitis with your local news media and help us to raise awareness across the UK.

If you can help do this please get in touch with our Press team and we’ll come back to you with further information.

If you’d rather not do this but would still like to be involved in the day, how about committing to our "24 for 24 Challenge"? This simply involves pledging to give out 24 of our lifesaving signs and symptoms cards for World Meningitis Day on Wednesday 24 April.

Showcase the bravery of meningitis survivors

Tom Nutt, chief executive at Meningitis Now, said, “We know that life after meningitis is tough for many people and we want to use World Meningitis Day to showcase the bravery of meningitis survivors and those who lives have been changed forever through losing a loved one to the disease."

“On World Meningitis Day, as on every other day, we are here to help and support those who need us.”