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About the Foundation

Meningitis can often result in tragic death, deafness, loss of limbs, brain damage or other neurological disabilities. Sadly, those most affected include infants, adolescents and young adults. 

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Every second counts - if you are concerned about a friend or family member and think their symptoms may be meningitis, seek the advice of a medical professional immediately.

Symptoms of Meningitis

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Stiff Neck

Fever, possibly with cold hands and feet


Refusing feeds or vomiting


High pitched moaning cry or whimpering


Dislike of being  handled or fretful

Light Sensitivity

Neck retraction with arching of back

Drowsiness or Confusion

Blank & staring expression

Joint Pain

Child is difficult to wake, lethargic


Pale, blotchy complexion


'Thank You' to all our generous supporters
We have recently received a number of donations towards continued awareness and education activities and we would like to sincerely thank people for their generosity and commitment to meningitis...
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