Tragic death of Plymouth schoolboy

2nd October 2018

Many of you will have seen the heart-breaking story and photos of four-year-old Alfie from Plymouth who has died after contracting meningococcal septicaemia. Alfie’s parents bravely released photos of him in hospital to help raise awareness

Alfie lost his fight against meningococcal septicaemia

We at Meningitis Now have been deeply saddened by this story and have been in touch with Alfie’s family to pass on our deepest sympathy and to offer our support. The family have set up a Just Giving page to raise funds for his funeral and have linked to our website from their page for more information about signs and symptoms of the disease.

Babies, toddlers and young children under 5 are the most at-risk group for contracting meningitis, with over 50% of all cases occurring in this age group. Babies and young children are particularly vulnerable as they can’t easily fight infection because their immune system is not yet fully developed. 

One of the best ways you can protect your loved ones from meningitis is to learn the signs and symptoms. If you have a question about meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia, just wanted to talk things through, or find out more about our support, our experienced staff are here to help. 

Call our Helpline on 0808 80 10 288 (9am-5pm Monday-Friday) or email helpline@meningitisnow.org (emails are answered during office hours only).

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