THINK ITS JUST THE FLU? Are you SURE?
Infant Meningitis can Look like the FLU
Meningitis in Infants (also called Meningococcal disease) can come on suddenly and a healthy child who catches meningitis can be dead in 24-48 hours. Many mistake meningitis for the flu because it mimics flu symptoms. The risk of meningitis death is much higher (three to seven times) in infants younger than one year of age because their immune systems are less sophisticated. It is possible to prevent Infant Meningitis via vaccines but the vaccine is not universally recommended as of yet.
INFANT MENINGITIS: DID YOU KNOW?
- Meningitis in infants is highly preventable with a vaccine.
- 1/16 children who contract Meningitis will die from it
- Children are currently immunized for mumps, measles, rubella and rotovirus–but more children die from meningitis than any of these diseases.
- Of the infants who survive meningitis, many will have paralysis, limb amputations, strokes, seizures, severe scarring, hearing loss, brain and organ damage, and more.
WHAT CAN BE DONE to prevent Infant Menigitis?
Sign the Petition to Protect Infants Now (PIN) to encourage the CDC to include the Meningitis Vaccine in their recommended list of vaccines for infants.
Watch this meaningful video so you are clear on the message to Protect Infants now. A mother who lost her child to Meningococcal Disease shares her story:
Blog Note: WE participated in this Meningitis campaign on behalf of Mom Central & Meningitis Angels. This Meningitis campaign is made possible, partially through the support provided by Novartis Vaccines. As well, a small donation to the charity of my choosing was made via my name by Mom Central to thank me for my participation. As usual, all the opinions for this posting are one hundred percent my own.