Vaccinate against Meningococcal

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By now, most of us have seen those ads about meningococcal disease, a bacterial infection that moves very quickly and can be extremely serious. The symptoms can be none specific and though it can strike anyone, infants, small children, adolescents, and young adults are most at risk. So, what are symptoms to look out for?

  • Sudden fever
  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Rash red-purple spots
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Aversion to bright light

If any of these symptoms are present, consult your GP at once. However, prevention is always better than cure so ask about the meningococcal vaccine for your child. And remember if symptoms worsen after a consultation you should seek further treatment or attend your nearest emergency department.