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US NewsMeningitis warning as mother reveals son's long-term after effects

08:40  16 september  2019
08:40  16 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is also campaigning for greater awareness of the condition and its long - term after effects . Vinny Smith, CEO of MRF, says: "It' s highlighting the fact that one in five people who get bacterial meningitis will go on to have life-long after effects .

Meningitis can affect the body in many different ways. Bacterial meningitis is spread through: labor and childbirth (an infected mother can pass bacteria to the baby). Most of the more significant long - term effects listed above happen only after bacterial meningitis .

Meningitis warning as mother reveals son's long-term after effects © Sky News Screen Grab Latest figures show the number of vaccinations received by babies under the age of one has declined

A leading meningitis charity is calling for better support for survivors of the disease.

The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is also campaigning for greater awareness of the condition and its long-term after effects.

The group commissioned a survey to coincide with Meningitis Awareness Week, which shows how little people know about the disease.

According to the report, nearly 55% of those surveyed didn't know meningitis can cause blindness; nearly 65% didn't know that depression or anxiety can be a result of meningitis; nearly 80% didn't know about tinnitus; nearly 70% didn't know about memory loss; and over 70% didn't know meningitis can cause learning difficulties.

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The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is also campaigning for greater awareness of the condition and its long - term after effects . The group commissioned a survey to coincide with Meningitis Awareness Week, which shows how little people know about the disease. The gender pay gap was

Meningitis warning as mother reveals son's long-term after effects © Getty One in five people who get bacterial meningitis will go on to have life-long after effects

Vinny Smith, CEO of MRF, says: "It's highlighting the fact that one in five people who get bacterial meningitis will go on to have life-long after effects.

"When we surveyed 2,000 people we found they did know people die of meningitis but they were unaware of the life-long impact it has - such as deafness.

"Meningitis also has a lot of after effects like anxiety, depression, and children needing educational support. We're using the report today to say people need great support and services."

Matthew Lessells was diagnosed with Meningitis B as a one-year-old.

He survived, but nine years on he still has problems with communicating and suffers from memory loss.

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Meningitis warning as mother reveals son ' s long - term after effects . Meningitis B: Call to extend vaccine to all children aged under five. But said Mr Gott said: "Four months after they stopped it you get the worst case of meningitis anyone's ever seen in 25 years.

The tell-tale meningitis symptoms that parents and doctors DON'T recognise: Charity warns these 3 Scientists noted a fever - long considered a key symptom of bacterial meningitis - was reported in only Viral is rarely life-threatening but can cause long -lasting effects , such as headaches, fatigue

Mother Gemma says it was only with family support that she and her husband managed to cope.

"When Matthew was younger and couldn't express himself, it used to make him so frustrated he would bang his head on the floor," she says.

Meningitis warning as mother reveals son's long-term after effects © Sky News Screen Grab Matthew Lessells with his mother, Gemma

"It was a real strain on the whole family as we tried to find the right support and therapies to help him.

"Without my husband and Matthew's sister, Hannah, I really couldn't have coped. So I'm lucky."

Mr Smith says: "What everybody wants is to prevent people getting meningitis in the first place, and that requires great vaccines, but it also requires great diagnosis and treatment and well-trained healthcare workers - and that doesn't happen everywhere.

"So we're calling to make sure in the UK and globally that's a much more consistent picture of what people can expect to receive."

The charity, along with Matthew and Gemma, are also calling for more new parents to be made fully aware of the impact of meningitis and the need to vaccinate their children.

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11. What are the long - term effects of meningitis ? The outcome of meningitis depends on the cause of the infection, how quickly treatment begins, and how ill the person becomes. However, these are possible long - term side effects of the disease

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The latest figures from Public Health England, January to March 2019, show the number of vaccinations received by babies under the age of one has declined.

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Meningitis warning as mother reveals son's long-term after effects

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