“I’m supporting the launch of MRF’s new campaign as I want to help them raise awareness of signs and symptoms, it can make all the difference to save someone’s life. If you can this Christmas, please donate to their 12 Days of Christmas Appeal.”
Vinny Smith, Chief Executive of MRF said, “We’re pleased Shirali has made a good recovery from meningitis and septicaemia, and grateful that she is supporting our Christmas fundraising and awareness campaign.”
“During the 12 Days of Christmas campaign we will be distributing awareness materials to those at highest risk so that people know the signs and symptoms before the holidays and can take action fast to save lives. We also need funding to supporting research to understand if people with wintertime infections, like flu, are more likely to carry high numbers of meningitis bacteria and therefore be more infectious. You can help fund this vital work.”
Early symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.
Over winter, there are three times more cases of bacterial meningitis than in summer months. Wintertime illnesses, like flu, are thought to enable meningitis causing bacteria to invade the body more easily through the nose and throat, and they can spread more rapidly when people spend longer periods together indoors.
Find out more about the 12 Days of Christmas campaign here.