3:40 am, Wed 24 Apr 2013 UK becomes 'meningitis hotspot'
Meningitis: What are the symptoms?
The UK has some of the highest rates of bacterial meningitis in Europe, charities have warned.
Around six families a week lose a loved one to meningitis, with as many as one in ten of those infected likely to die.
A new campaign is urging families to be more aware of meningitis symptoms:
Early symptoms Severe headache
Nausea (feeling sick)
Vomiting (being sick)
Feeling generally unwell
Seizures or fits
Being unable to tolerate bright lights
A stiff neck
A rapid breathing rate
A blotchy red rash that does not fade or change colour when you place a glass against it
2:26 am, Wed 24 Apr 2013 UK becomes 'meningitis hotspot'
Two-thirds of UK parents unaware about vaccinations
Meningitis charities have warned that more than two-thirds of parents in the UK are unaware that current vaccinations do not protect their children from all forms of meningitis.
A new campaign
Meningitis: Keep Watching has urged parents and families to Pledge to Protect their children from meningitis by learning more about the disease and ensuring vaccinations are up to date.
1:58 am, Wed 24 Apr 2013 UK becomes 'meningitis hotspot'
Six people die from meningitis each week in the UK
meningitis kills more children under five in the UK than any other infectious disease, a study has found.
UK is a 'meningitis hotspot', leading charities have warned
Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The UK is one of the top three meningitis hotspots in
Europe, with six people dying from it each week, leading meningitis charities said.
The charities are calling for parents to learn the signs and symptoms so they can act fast if they suspect their child has it.
Read: New Meningitis B vaccine approved for UK use
6:33 pm, Tue 22 Jan 2013 Meningitis B vaccine approved
Next stage for new meningitis vaccine
Professor Simon Kroll, a Paediatric and Meningitis specialist, has described the next stage for the vaccine:
"The next stage is discussion between the Department of Health and the manufacturers, and ultimately it's up to Government to decide how the vaccine is introduced in to the schedule - but we haven't got that point yet."
Read more: Meningitis: A guide to how to spot the symptoms
6:18 pm, Tue 22 Jan 2013 Meningitis B vaccine approved
New Meningitis vaccine 'has taken years to get there'
Helen Dolphin contracted Meningitis when she was twenty-two and contracted Meningitis. In order to save her life doctors had to amputate all four of her limbs. She said today's new vaccine has been a long time coming. She said:
"It is amazing to think in this day and age we can have a virus that can cause this much devastation, to so many people. The work that has been done, to find a vaccine, it has taken years to get there, and I fully support its implementation"
Read More: Meningitis: How to spot the symptoms
11:55 am, Tue 22 Jan 2013 Meningitis B vaccine approved
Meningitis vaccine could 'save thousands of lives'
A new Meningitis B vaccine, approved for UK use today, "will save thousands of lives, especially among children under five, who are most at risk from the disease",
according to Meningitis UK.
The vaccine is the first to be licensed specifically for Meningitis B, one of the deadliest and most common strains of the disease:
Meningitis B is the most common form of the disease in the UK, affecting 1,870 people each year, many of them children
One in 10 people who contract the disease will die
One in four will be left with life-changing after effects, such as brain damage or limb loss
11:43 am, Tue 22 Jan 2013 Meningitis B vaccine approved
New Meningitis vaccine approved for UK use
A new vaccine against Meningitis B has been approved for use in the UK.
The vaccine, developed by pharmaceutical giant Bexsero, received its licence from the European Commission today.
Meningitis UK is urging the Government to make the vaccine part of the NHS childhood immunisation schedule, so that it "will save as many lives as possible".
5:01 am, Fri 24 Aug 2012 Parents warned over meningitis
Parents told to look out for signs of Meningitis
Meningitis UK is warning parents to look out for signs of the virus as children return to the classroom. The charity says there is often a back to school surge in cases.
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