Most people don’t know about the impact of meningitis to people, says a charity report during Meningitis Awareness Week (16-22 September).
A new report from the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) finds although many know that meningitis can kill, the majority don’t know that meningitis can leave people with severe and lifelong health consequences.
The report comes as vaccine coverage in babies under one year old has declined.
The charity’s report contained new survey results, commissioned for Meningitis Awareness Week 2019. The survey found only a minority of the UK population know about most of the long term possible consequences of meningitis.
Most of the 2000 people surveyed (90%) did not know deafness was a common after effect of meningitis, despite it being a leading cause of acquired hearing loss. Most people (87%) also under-estimated or didn’t know how many people were left with severe impairments as a result of bacterial meningitis.
During Meningitis Awareness Week, MRF are campaigning to improve support for people affected by the disease and highlighting how effective aftercare can transform lives following meningitis. MRF are encouraging people affected by meningitis to share what worked for them, and how support could be improved. People affected are also speaking to the World Health Organisation and experts from around the world to create the first ever global plan to improve meningitis outcomes.