A few months back, we visited Tuggu’s paediatrician for his vaccination. He was due for his second dose of chickenpox and typhoid along with Meningococcal Meningitis. It was confusing to see that, even though Meningococcal Meningitis was stated for high risk, it was optional. So, I had a detailed conversation around it with the paediatrician. She explicated to me how ‘Meningococcal Meningitis’ is generally the missing link in full protection against acute bacterial meningitis.
So, once back home, I too did my research about Meningococcal Meningitis. It was alarming to read about this unpredictable disease having devastating consequences. I was also grateful to my doctor for bringing to my attention the need for vaccination. So, I thought of sharing some insights of my research with you guys.
Let’s know Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord. It can be caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses. While some forms of meningitis are mild and resolve without treatment, meningitis can be life-threatening.
Meningitis affects more than 1 million people globally each year.1
Ways this disease can spread
Usually, some of us carry Meningococcal bacteria at the back of our throats at any given time. Sounds scary right? Don’t worry, this is a healthy carriage which helps in developing immunity. But, there’s a catch. Occasionally these bacteria may defeat the body’s defenses and cause an infection. It is even said that the bacteria that causes it, can spread easily from coughing, sneezing, kissing or even sharing a drink.2
I think it is very important to teach children the simple rules of cleanliness and basic hygiene. At three, Tuggu is already learning it. Hygiene is only the first step of course.
Meningococcal Meningitis: It is quite hard to diagnose
Meningitis can be hard to recognize in the early stages especially for young babies. As the symptoms at first may appear like those of the common flu, including fever, rash, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and drowsiness.3 Infants or young kids may get irritable, vomit, feed poorly or even appear to be slow or inactive.
Since all these symptoms are so subtle and can be misleading, awareness is important to understand the causes and early signs to take an informed decision. But unfortunately, Meningococcal Meningitis could get fatal within 24-48 hours.2 It even has the potential to spread to others and may have some after effects too.2
1 in 5 victims could lose a leg, or an arm, and may not even survive.4
So, it is always advisable to seek medical attention immediately if you feel your child has any of these symptoms. Talk to your doctor. Ask questions as I did. No questions are silly. You are protecting your child here. Put on your superhero cape, mommies, because you need to know everything.
Don’t give a disease power. It doesn’t always have to terrify you. We can help protect our kids, by getting them vaccinated. If your child isn’t vaccinated yet, he may still benefit from the vaccinations which are available these days. Being a parent, I understand how illness can disrupt the normal life of a happy child and am sure you do too. So I urge you to please make sure you contact your child’s paediatrician. And ask about the vaccine against Meningococcal Meningitis. As prevention is always better than cure, isn’t it?
Watch this video to understand better What is Meningococcal Meningitis?
I hope this was a helpful post. Are you with me in joining this movement today?
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The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views solely of the blogger. This is a part of public awareness initiative on meningitis supported by Sanofi Pasteur India. Sanofi Pasteur bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health-related information. This article is meant to help create awareness and spread knowledge. Any decision regarding your health and child’s health should be done after consultation with your doctor. While all efforts are made to keep articles updated, the speed of research in these fields mean the information often may change when more research knowledge is available. TuggunMommy or the authors should be in no way held responsible in that case.
- https://www.emedicinehealth.com/meningitis_in_adults/article_em.htm #where_can_people_find_more_information_on_meningitis_in_adults