New Irish resource will improve life for childhood meningitis survivors

New Irish resource will improve life for childhood meningitis survivors

03 June 2015

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) has launched a new online resource that will help improve the lives of hundreds of young meningitis survivors in Ireland.

Your Guide: Recovering from childhood bacterial meningitis and septicaemia provides essential information and advice about meningitis and septicaemia in children and young people. It includes sections on recovery, follow-up care and potential after-effects.

The guide, a first for meningitis survivors in Ireland, is available to download from MRF’s website. The Charity launched a similar resource in the UK in 2013 which has been very well received by both parents and health professionals.

Each year in Ireland there on average 200 new cases of bacterial meningitis- a disease that can strike in minutes and kill within hours. It can affect anyone, but those most at risk are children under 5 and young people age 15 to 24. Unfortunately one in four survivors of meningitis will be left with after effects so this new resource will be very beneficial for families.

Welcoming the new resource Diane McConnell, Ireland Manager of Meningitis Research Foundation, said: “Parents are often unsure what to expect after meningitis and septicaemia. They tell us that discharge from hospital can be an anxious time as doctors and nurses are no longer available to answer questions. 

"Many parents leave hospital unaware of the true impact that the disease can have on their child’s long-term health and unsure of where to turn. We hope that reading this resource will help ease anxiety for families at such a difficult time and empower parents to seek help for their child whenever it is needed.”

Download this free resource

For further information please contact: Caroline O'Connor at Meningitis Research Foundation on: 01 819 6931 or by email 

Editors Notes:

About meningitis
  • Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, while septicaemia is the blood poisoning form of the disease. They can strike quickly and kill within hours ¬– the impact can last a lifetime. 
  • Immunisation is the best form of protection against meningitis but there is currently no vaccine in the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule to protect against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) which is responsible for the most cases of meningitis in Ireland.
About Meningitis Research Foundation
  • Meningitis Research Foundation has a vision for a world free from meningitis and septicaemia. We have spent over €24 million on research projects into the prevention, detection and treatment of the diseases. We also spend over €1 million annually supporting those affected, raising public awareness and educating health professionals.
  • Our Freefone helpline – 1800 41 33 44 – is operated by trained staff and available 365 days. It provides information to the general public and health professionals and can handle queries in 150 languages. We also have extensive information, research insights and case studies on this website

Sam Williams
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