Theo our second son, was born in 2004 before the pneumococcal jab came in. When he came along he was the most laid back baby, in contrast to his big brother Arrans' manic energy.
When he was four months old he had an upper respiratory tract infection just before he had his second set of jabs. Two days after the jabs he developed a temperature which didn't respond to Calpol and was crying really miserably, which worried me as it was out of character. I called NHS Direct and they sent us to the out of hours GP. I gave him a tepid bath and by the time the doctor saw him, had managed to get his temperature down, although he was still very miserable. I explained to the doctor that he just wasn't right, but she thought it was just a virus. I remember her checking him over and saying "there's no rash, thank God". I knew that this meant she had ruled out meningitis.
Later that evening he started to vomit and we rang the GP out of hours service again. They told us it was quite normal and to ring again if he was still bad in the morning. I spent that night with Theo in bed with me. He would sleep for a while and then wake up screaming and waving his hands in front of his face