Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I wrote to you. And, today I wanted to speak about
“Meningococcal Meningitis” because ignorance is not bliss in this case.
But, before I begin, let me start by highlighting why this topic is so close to me.
A few years back, my brother complained of a headache and cried his lungs out. My parents
rushed him to the hospital where he was admitted without delay. As it turned out, he had
“meningococcal meningitis” and that was the first time I had heard about it.
There was no Google back then and I waited to know more, and I distinctly recall how painful
those days had been. But, thankfully, my brother recovered.
So here is a post of few things that we learnt from the doctors, and also some help is taken for
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is a life-threatening disease, and unfortunately, there are no basic warning signs.
Meningococcal Meningitis is the swelling of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, which could
be caused because of a bacterial or viral or another type of infection of other uncommon causes.
It is very unpredictable and can claim one’s life within 24 hours.
This may be a rare disease, but one out of ten people who may be affected with meningococcal meningitis may lose their
Facts that I uncovered about Meningococcal Meningitis that you should know
1. My quest to understand this disease led me to uncovering more information about the
disease. My readings informed me that Meningococcal Meningitis a devastating disease,
which causes swelling of the fluid and membranes (meninges) that cover the brain and
2. Just like what had happened with my brother, the symptoms which are most common
and easy to identify are:
Stiffness in the neck area
No time should be lost, and the patient should be rushed to the emergency room. Even if the disease is diagnosed early and treatment is started, 8% to 15% of the patients may lose their
lives, within two days or maybe earlier. And, about 50 % of the patients may suffer brain
damage or hearing loss, even after being treated.
3. Having seen my brother suffer from it, I had wrongly assumed it doesn’t affect children.
The disease, in fact, can affect any age group, but babies and school children get
affected the most.
4. My parents didn’t have this information at the end and my brother had to suffer for it.
But the good news is Meningococcal Meningitis is vaccine-preventable! 7 Discuss with
your paediatricians, how early the protection can be offered against this deadly disease. 8
Meningococcal Meningitis is a deadly disease. My brother was lucky but not many are.
Thankfully you don’t need to depend on luck any more with a vaccine easily available. If your
child shows any of the above signs, do not delay the doctor visit. Better yet, get them
Join the movement against Meningococcal Meningitis today!
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of the blogger. This is a part of the public awareness initiative on meningitis supported by Sanofi
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2 Thompson MJ et al. Clinical recognition of meningococcal disease in children and adolescents. Lancet. 2006 Feb