How are vaccines helping us in the fight to defeat meningitis?
2.5 million people are affected by meningitis every year.
Meningitis can affect anyone, anywhere at any time. It’s fast acting and can spread rapidly. Immunisation is the only way to prevent and protect yourself and those you care about. After decades of research, life-changing discoveries have been made and, together with ongoing surveillance, vaccines have helped to save millions of lives.
How is Meningitis Research Foundation supporting World Immunisation Week?
To mark the week, we are taking some time to share the impact meningitis vaccines have had in creating the chance of a longer life for everyone.
So why not head over to our vaccination information pages? Here you can build your understanding of how to protect against the most common causes of meningitis and the types of vaccines available.
Why not put your mind at rest and check your family’s vaccines are up to date? Our “What meningitis vaccine and when” guide breaks down the different types of vaccines available and the age they are offered as part of the routine vaccination schedule in England. You can also find out how to check routine immunisation schedules for other parts of the world.
While you’re there, maybe take some time to explore our timeline: “A shot at a long life: how meningitis vaccines save lives”. Here you can find out more about the landmark moments in the UK immunisation schedule, including when vaccines were introduced and the vital role they have played in the prevention and control of the disease.
Still unsure where to start? How about our blog post on three ways meningitis vaccines have changed the course of history. Or why not find out everything you need to know about meningitis immunisations on our vaccine information page.