Health protection experts from Public Health England (PHE) are advising staff and parents of children who attend Kenton School in Newcastle following the death of a pupil from suspected meningitis.
A father from Gateshead says he's been overwhelmed with support in his campaign to have all children vacinated against Meningitis B.
Lee Booth started a petition after he was told his daughters were too old to have the jab, free of charge, on the NHS.
He already has more than 822,000 signatures. The online petition closes tonight.
A father from Gateshead who launched a petition, calling for all children to have the Meningitis B vaccine, believes it could attract a million signatures before the deadline tomorrow night.
Lee Booth began the campaign after he was told his daughters were too old to have the jab, free of charge, on the NHS.
It has since become the biggest online petition to Parliament in history with more than 822,000 signatures.
A petition started by a man from Gateshead in frustration that his child could not get the meningitis B vaccine is nearing 700,000 signatures.
Father of two Lee Booth from Wardley started the online petition in September after being told that one of his daughters was too old to have the vaccine on the NHS.
In September Britain became the first country to offer babies routine vaccination against meningitis B. The jab is being offered on the NHS for infants aged two months, followed by a second dose at four months and a booster at 12 months.
The British Gas worker's petition calls for the meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children, not just babies. It is the most signed on the UK Government website.
Northumbria University has confirmed that a 22-year-old student from Malaysia died in hospital from suspected meningococcal meningitis.
Students in Newcastle are now being advised to look out for the symptoms of meningitis:
- 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
Northumbria University has confirmed that the student who has died from a suspected case of meningococcal meningitis was female. Her identity has not yet been released. Staff and fellow students who came into contact with the the woman are being offered anti-biotics and information about the illness.
Northumbria University has released more details about a student who died from suspected meningococcal meningitis.
Staff and students at Northumbria University are being warned to be aware of symptoms after a student died from suspected meningococcal meningitis. It's not been revealed when the student died, however staff and fellow students who came into contact with the individual have been offered anti-biotics and information about the illness. Levi Pay, Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, said:
The identity of the student has not been released. Anyone concerned about the infection can seek advice here.
Experts are trialling a new meningitis vaccine before the government decides if it will be used here in the U.K.
Meningitis can have a devastating effect, with possible brain damage and the loss of limbs. Until recently there hasn't been a way of preventing Meningitis B.
Around 2,000 people contract the infection each year. Many of them children under five or babies. And one in 10 who survive have major physical or neurological disabilities.
Andrew Pate reports.
Meningitis Symptoms (Source:NHS)
-a very high fever with cold hands and feet
-they may feel agitated but not want to be touched
-they may cry continuously
-some children can become very sleepy and it may be difficult to wake them up
-they may appear confused and unresponsive
-high temperature(fever) of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or over
-sensitivity to light
-a general feeling of being unwell
-a distinctive skin rash (although not everyone will have this)
A family from Stockton-on-Tees who lost their daughter to meningitis want people to pull on their walking boots for an annual event to raise funds for a charity tackling the disease.
Terry and Sue Laing are backing Meningitis UK's annual Big Stroll North East, previously known as Helen's Walk.
The couple lost their 24-year-old daughter Helen to meningitis aged 24, in 2001.
From the age of 14, Helen had wanted to be a nursery nurse and qualified in January 2001, four months before she succumbed to meningococcal septicaemia.
In Helen's honour, the couple support Meningitis UK and handed control of the walk to the charity after setting it up and raising £90,000.
The 5.5-mile circular Big Stroll takes place on May 12 and starts in Osmotherley.
To sign up, to donate or for more information, call 0117 303 33 47 or click here.