Meningitis Awareness Week 2015 

14-21 September

With new vaccination programmes starting in the UK in August and September our UK members who have been affected by the disease encourage everyone to take advantage of free protection against this dreadful disease.

But the charity has a warning among all the good news on vaccination against meningitis and septicaemia.

Meanwhile in Ireland, our members wonder why their children are not being afforded the same protection offered to those in northern Ireland


Adults Get Meningitis Too 

Meningitis is considered to be a childhood disease, but, in fact, 60% of all cases in the UK occur in people over the age of 15.

It is important that everyone knows the symptoms and acts swiftly when they see them in themselves or another person.



In March 2015 it was a year since the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that a meningococal Group B meningitis and septicaemia be introduced into the childhood immunisation programme.

We seemed no nearer to protecting our children in the UK from these deadly diseases.

We had one question - #WheresOurVaccine?


Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost was a major campaign where we revealed the shocking lifelong costs of surviving meningitis and septicaemia and called on government to pursue the widest and earliest implementation of vaccines to prevent the diseases.



There's a rise in a  virulent form of meningococal W meningitis and septicaemia (MenW) in the UK which particularly affects teenagers and young adults.

A vaccination programme against MenW is beginning in the UK in August 2015 and we want all young people who are eligible for the vaccine to get it to protect themselves and help #StopTheSpread


Meningitis Awareness Week 2014 

Meningitis is still here so make sure you know the symptoms.

During Meningitis Awareness Week 2014 (15 - 21 September) we urge everyone to know the symptoms of the life threatening diseases meningitis and septicaemia.