Meningitis - Know the Symptoms iPhone, iPod and iPad app
Meningitis - Know the Symptoms
is now available on iTunes. This application includes vital information about the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, details of your local A&E, latest news and, if you’re up to it, a selection of fundraising challenges for you to choose from!
The app also includes the new Bug Blaster game, a virtual battle against bacteria. Take the challenge today and see if you can beat your friends and eliminate the meningitis bug.
The app has been launched following an extensive survey of students around the UK and Ireland revealing that their knowledge of the symptoms of meningitis was indeed lacking despite teenagers and young people being one the groups most at risk after under 5s.
Over 50% of students in the UK do not know whether they have been vaccinated against deadly disease meningitis, and the majority ranked themselves as the second least at risk group - when in fact they are the second most at risk, after babies and young children. A quarter of students believe a rash is present in all cases of meningitis, when in fact there are some types of meningitis where a rash does not appear at all. Students need to be vigilant of other symptoms including fever, vomiting, dislike of bright lights and neck stiffness, and not only look out for the rash.
The app seeks to raise awareness of the diseases amongst this age group, who can learn about the diseases and the symptoms whilst also competing against the friends with this new game.
Meningitis and septicaemia are life threatening diseases that can kill in hours, or leave survivors with potentially devastating after effects sometimes as severe as brain damage, amputations and epilepsy. The diseases can affect anyone of any age, but babies, young children, teenagers and young adults are most at risk.
Find out more and download the app