Menin­gi­tis aware­ness cam­paign for adults

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

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

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