Meningitis Research Foundation is proud to support Group B Strep Awareness Month, July 2021. Group B Strep (GBS) is the leading cause of neonatal meningitis in newborns in the UK and Ireland, and can also cause septicaemia and pneumonia. This July, we join our friends at Group B Strep Support in highlighting the importance of group B Strep awareness, education and research.
Approximately 20-30% of pregnant women carry the GBS bacteria, which can be transmitted from mother to baby before or during birth. Antibiotics can be given to women during labour or to babies after birth to kill the bacteria, but there is currently no vaccine available to protect against Group B Strep infection.
have found that babies who contract invasive GBS disease, notably meningitis, are at greater risk of neurodevelopmental impairments and more likely to require additional educational support in later life. This underlines the need for follow-up care for survivors, as well as maternal GBS vaccines to prevent infection occurring.
This month, we encourage everyone to support Group B Strep Awareness Month
by using the hashtag #GBSAM2021
on social media. Please visit the GBS Support website
for more information.