Meningitis Awareness Week

Meningitis Awareness Week is being held from 16-22 September 2013. The week's timing coincides with an increase in meningitis and septicaemia as we move into autumn and winter.

Calls for meningitis vaccine

A Plymouth mother has added her voice to calls for a vaccine to be introduced to combat the potentially deadly form of meninigtis. Anna Bolt's daughter was just 6 years old when she contracted bacterial meningitis - or Meningitis B - earlier this year.

The disease can be difficult to diagnose with symptoms ranging from a headache and stiff neck to vomiting, fever, a dislike of bright lights and a rash. Every week, six families in the UK lose a loved one because of it. Jeff Welch reports.

Meningitis warning

West Country mum, Anna Bolt, has been talking about her first hand experience of meningitis during Meningitis Awareness Week.

It's a disease which can strike without warning, killing one in ten.

Lily Bolt was six when she contracted bacterial meningitis earlier this year but has fortunately now made a full recovery.

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West Country mother's warning about meningitis

Anna and daughter Lily Credit: ITV News West Country

As part of Meningitis Awareness Week, a West Country mum has been talking about her first hand experience of the disease. Anna Bolt's daughter Lily was just six when she contracted bacterial meningitis earlier this year.

It can strike without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after effects. Fortunately her daughter has now made a full recovery.