At the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) we are dedicated to preventing meningitis globally by ensuring families worldwide have access to early diagnosis, preventative measures and quick treatment. It is our goal to prevent meningitis worldwide because we can and we should.
World Meningitis Day 2019
The theme for World Meningitis Day 2019 is Life After Meningitis. The campaign will focus on the after effects of meningitis, whether that is bereavement after losing someone to meningitis or managing a wide range of consequences #AfterMeningitis.
The key messages of the 2019 campaign are:
Meningitis and septicaemia can strike in a matter of hours but the after effects can last a lifetime.
After effects can be life-changing and may include: memory loss, deafness, loss of sight, epilepsy, paralysis, limb loss, organ damage, and brain damage.
Those who lose a loved one to the disease have their lives changed forever.
Vaccinations are key to meningitis prevention.
There is more than one vaccine that can help prevent meningitis.
Speak to your local healthcare provider to learn which vaccines are available.
Meningitis can kill in 24 hours, so recognising the symptoms and acting fast is crucial.
If you suspect meningitis, seek medical attention immediately.
Meningitis currently affects more than 2.8 million people each year globally.
Anyone of any age can be affected by meningitis. Infants, young children, teens and older people are at greater risk.
Click here to see what CoMO's Members did for World Meningitis Day 2018!
If you have any questions or would like to participate in World Meningitis Day 2019, please email Nadia.
Confederation of Meningitis Organizations
Contact: Becky Parry
Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.