Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is saddened to hear that a four year old boy who was a pupil at Bigyn Primary School in Southwest Wales has died.
MRF Chief Executive, Vinny smith, said, “We are deeply saddened to learn that a four year old boy has lost his life to meningococcal septicaemia. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of the little boy and we are here for them if they would like any support.
“We encourage all parents to take up the offer of the vaccines that are included in the routine immunisation schedule for children to prevent some types of meningitis and septicaemia. However, there are not yet vaccines available to prevent all forms of the disease so it is vital that people are aware of the symptoms.
“Parents of the children who attend the school should be reassured that most cases of meningitis and septicaemia are isolated. The bacteria that can cause the disease cannot live longer than a few moments outside the human body, so they are not carried on things like clothes or toys. People usually need to be in close or prolonged contact for the bacteria to pass between them. Even when this happens, most people do not become ill because they have natural immunity."
Anyone with questions or concerns can get in touch with MRF’s free helpline and support team on 080 8800 3344, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the routine immunisation schedule for children in the UK
Symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia