A petition calling for all children to be given the Meningitis B vaccine has triggered a debate in parliament.Read the full story ›
The family from North Devon whose two daughters nearly died after being struck down by meningitis are backing a new campaign.Read the full story ›
Families of children who have survived meningitis have joined a leading West Country charity to campaign for the rollout of the vaccine.Read the full story ›
A toddler who lost all her limbs to meningitis is closer to walking for the first time.
Harmonie-Rose Allen, who's from Bath, has been fitted with her first pair of prosthetic legs. The two-year-old's mother says the family is over the the moon.
A former student from Gloucestershire has been telling how meningitis nearly stole her promising future.Read the full story ›
A guide to the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia - but be warned they may not all occur and could be in any orderRead the full story ›
A one year old girl from Bath who had to have her limbs amputated because of meningitis joined other survivors today to help raise awareness, and to support the charity which helped them through their darkest days.
It's been just eight months since Harmonie-Rose Allen underwent a major operation to remove her arms and legs. But her family say she continues to be an inspiration.
Victoria Davies reports:
The NHS advises that every suspected case of meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency.
Babies and young children under five are most at risk of developing bacterial meningitis. Its symptoms usually begin suddenly and get worse rapidly.
A baby or young child with meningitis may:
- have a high fever, with cold hands and feet
- vomit and refuse to feed
- feel agitated and not want to be picked up
- become drowsy, floppy and unresponsive
- grunt or breathe rapidly
- have an unusual high-pitched or moaning cry
- have pale, blotchy skin, and a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it
- have a tense, bulging soft spot on their head (fontanelle)
- have a stiff neck and dislike bright lights
- have convulsions or seizures
More information can be found here.
A Gloucester man has become an international award winning documentary maker - despite not being able to hold a camera.
Jonathan Brough was left paralysed from the neck down after contracting meningitis on his gap year. But he didn't let the disease hold him back and created a project documenting his life after meningitis.
Hundreds of teenagers from Devon are taking part in a national meningitis study conducted by specialist nurses at Derriford Hospital.
The age group are particularly at risk from the disease. 18,000 teenagers are involved in the study nationally.