This year Meningitis Now are calling on those who have suffered from the viral form of the disease and their families to help them ‘Make Viral Visible’ – The theme can capture thoughts about viral meningitis being invisible, in terms of its significance compared with bacterial meningitis and its often invisible but significant impact it develops on people’s lives. They have done 5 ‘Make Viral Visible’ viral Meningitis Awareness Weeks throughout the years which has taken place between 1st and 7th May and in previous weeks they reached over 4 million people through social media and this year they hope to achieve even more.
What Meningitis Now do:
- Provide a powerful, united voice for individuals, families, communities, experts and professionals who know just how devastating meningitis can be.
- Save lives by funding research into vaccines and prevention.
- Reduce the impact of the disease by raising awareness, empowering people with the knowledge and information they need to get urgent medical attention if they suspect meningitis.
- Raise the funds we need to deliver our vision, inspired by the individuals and families at the heart of their organisation.
It’s not easy to spot the symptoms of meningitis. People often confuse the early signs and symptoms of meningitis with the flu. In fact, meningitis may come on the heels of a flu-like illness or infection. That’s why it’s important to stay alert, learn the hallmark signs and symptoms of meningitis, and act quickly. It may help save a life.
Here are some the symptoms:
- Fever, cold hands and feet
- Severe headaches
- Stiff neck
Meningitis Now are the voice of everyone affected by meningitis and they want to united in the fight against the horrible disease. With the people we exist for drive our campaigns with their needs, wants and hopes.
How you can help:
- Shopping online via Give as you Live to raise free funds at no extra cost – Sign up now >
Mark hunt the director of communications at Meningitis Now says ‘It’s vital that everybody understands how serious viral meningitis can be and that those suffering from it are not afraid to speak out about it and seek the support they need’ #MakeViralVisible