Meningitis awareness week serves as a reminder that September is the start of peak season for a number of viral and bacterial infections.
As children return to school and students to universities after an unusually lengthy absence, it is important they do so with protection against meningitis and other infections for which vaccines are already routinely and widely available.
I spoke to Cat Shehu at Meningitis Research Foundation about the impact that lockdown and other restrictions due to COVID 19 have had on take up of routine vaccinations and why vaccines are so vital in the fight against meningitis.
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Vaccines are vital because they save lives. My mum lost my sister over 40 years ago to meningococcal septicaemia and we also almost lost our daughter to the same thing at 18mths old thankfully she’s now almost 14 and things have come a long way and we are so lucky to have the vaccines we do." - Justine