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and misinformation about meningitis is a major issue, says Ms Carroll who lives in Oranmore. includes confusion about the signs and symptoms of the disease with some parents believing that you must wait for a rash before being concerned about a meningitis diagnosis. Other myths include the belief that children are vaccinated against all types of meningitis.
A Galway based national meningitis charity says the biggest barrier it has faced since it was set up three years ago is overcoming Womens Adidas Originals White myths and misinformation about the condition.
There is a higher risk of meningitis during winter, she explains. people spend more time indoors and with close contact germs are spread more easily. Also, coming down with a cold or may weaken your immune system making you more susceptible to the disease. There is at least one case of meningitis each day in Ireland.
is easily misdiagnosed; the symptoms can be flu like, appear in any order and some may not appear at all so you must trust your instincts. Children under five are most at risk while 16 to 24 year olds are the second highest at risk age group. However, any one of any age can get it. Knowing the signs and symptoms, ensuring vaccinations are up to date and trusting your instincts, is the best protection against this disease. survey carried out last year by the charity revealed that more than four out of five Irish people mistakenly believe a rash is one of the first symptoms of the condition.
in some cases. Symptoms in babies can include: becoming floppy and unresponsive or stiff with jerky movements, irritable and not wanting to be held, unusual crying, vomiting, loss of appetite, and reluctance to wake up.
alone whether you lost a loved one or are dealing with the after effects of the disease. Carroll Adidas Neo Pink Shoes
Siobhan Carroll, who formed ACT for Meningitis with her husband Noel after they lost their four year old daughter Aoibhe to the infection in 2008, says there is a lot of confusion among parents about both symptoms and vaccinations.
ACT (Aoibhe Carroll Trust ) for Meningitis supports more than 100 families affected by the devastation of this disease. Its services include free counselling, one to one contact with someone who has experienced a similar situation, free family support days at which parents meet while their children play together, creative therapies, including play and art therapy which helps children deal with the impact of the disease, as well as alternative therapies.
outlines that Ireland has the highest incidence of meningococcal disease in Europe with meningitis B accounting for the majority of cases. Meningitis kills one in ten of those affected and can leave one in five survivors with long term disabilities such as brain damage and hearing difficulties.
are delighted to celebrate three years supporting families affected by the devastation of meningitis. However, we want to take the opportunity to urge parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and stress that each case is different, for example, the commonly known symptom of a rash does not always appear.
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biggest barrier facing national meningitis charity
found that many parents believe their children have been vaccinated against the condition; however, they are only vaccinated against certain types of meningitis. charity, which celebrates its third birthday this month, says knowing the telltale signs can save lives.
a mother who lost my own daughter to meningitis I know how important it is to have support and understanding, says McCarroll. should have to face this journey Adidas Original Red
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