IMMUNIZATION AWARESS WEEK! RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT PREVENTABLE DISEASES, MENINGITIS.
Meningitis is not something to be taken lightly. It is an inflammation of the protective membranes surrounding the brain, and spinal cord, and can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms. The symptoms of Meningitis can include fever, headache, neck stiffness, and confusion. However, it is not just a bad headache – in severe cases, it can lead to brain damage, hearing loss, and even death.
Imagine someone waking up with a headache and neck stiffness, and within hours, he/she cannot move, speak or even think straight. Meningitis can progress so rapidly that it can be challenging to diagnose and treat in time. That is why it is essential to take preventative measures to avoid getting infected in the first place.
Myth: Meningitis is a rare disease that only affects a few people.
Fact: Meningitis can occur in epidemics, especially in crowded areas, and can be life-threatening if the right treatment didn't happen or proper medical intervention didn't take place as early as possible.
Myth: It can only be spread through close contact with an infected individual.
Fact: Respiratory secretions, nose and throat secretions can spread Meningitis and contact with objects contaminated with the disease, such as toys or drinking glasses.
WHILE MENINGITIS CAN AFFECT ANYONE, THERE ARE SPECIFIC GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE AT A HIGHER RISK OF CONTRACTING THE DISEASE, INCLUDING:
Myth: Vaccines can cause autism.
Fact: There is no link between vaccines and autism. Vaccines are safe and effective and have been extensively tested to ensure their safety.
MENB VACCINE DOSAGE -THE VACCINE IS ADMINISTERED TO BABIES AT:
The earlier age to start vaccination/protection against meningitis is 2 Months of age.
Myth: Getting vaccinated means I do not need to practice good hygiene.
Fact: Vaccines are effective but do not offer 100% protection. It is still essential to practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, to prevent the spread of infection.
Vaccines are recommended for different age groups and may require booster doses to maintain protection. People with medical conditions or traveling to high-risk areas should discuss meningitis vaccination with their primary physicians. Vaccines are essential for preventing bacterial Meningitis, and one should determine which vaccines are recommended to complete the protection by vaccinating against Meningitis ACWY and Meningitis B with the available vaccines.