Meningitis awareness campaign for adults
A NEW SURVEY has revealed 95 per cent of people aged over 55 do not consider themselves to be at risk from deadly meningitis and septicaemia, despite the fact that cases of the disease increase in older adults.
The study, carried out for charity Meningitis Now, also highlights the worrying fact that three-quarters of this group are not confident in recognising the signs and symptoms of the disease.
The charity is using the findings as part of its new national awareness campaign ‘Adults Get It Too’ to inform and educate adults of the risks they face and the actions they can take to look after themselves and their loved ones.
Chief executive, Dr Tom Nutt, said: “These findings are a cause for concern.
“The popular misconception is that meningitis and septicaemia only affects babies and young children. We need to scotch this myth once and for all. Anyone of any age can get meningitis, with the risk increasing in older adults.”
The campaign is calling on adults to learn the signs and symptoms of the disease by ordering free signs and symptoms cards from its website at www.meningitisnow.org/adults