“Joe's passing leaves a void in our lives and hearts that will never be filled. We would encourage the parents and friends of Joe's closest friends to support them at this difficult time in any way they can.
"We would also like to extend our thanks to the exceptional staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the PEH, in particular Dr Yarwood and nurses, Aggi, Kristy and Sharon, for looking after Joe, and the whole family, with such care and sensitivity. The whole team went above and beyond delivering round the clock care for Joe, for which we will be eternally grateful.”
Rob Dawson, Head of Support at MRF said, “We are saddened to hear about Joe and our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends at this very sad time. Our support team are here for anyone affected.
“Babies and young children under five are the age groups at highest risk of meningitis and septicaemia, but teenagers are the next most at risk.
“In the UK, teenagers are more likely to ‘carry’ the meningococcal bacteria in the back of their nose and throat than any other age group and they can unknowingly spread it to others. The MenACWY vaccine is available to teenagers in the UK and helps prevent four strains of meningococcal disease: Men A, C, W and Y. MRF is supporting a new national study that will evaluate whether vaccinating teenagers against MenB could prevent them ‘carrying’ and spreading the MenB infection.
“Vaccination is the only way to prevent meningitis, but there are not yet vaccines available to prevent all types, which is why it’s so important to know the symptoms and trust your instincts.”
MRF has a free helpline and support service for anyone affected or with questions about meningitis or septicaemia, 080 8800 3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.