ACT for Meningitis

Unit 7B, Royal Rock, Ballybane Industrial Estate, Galway, Ireland ire


☎: 0035391-380058

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About

ACT for Meningitis is working to rebuild lives and support anyone affected by Meningitis while also raising awareness of the disease.

Founded

ACT for Meningitis was founded in 2011

General Info

INFANTS AND CHILDREN MEDICAL INFORMATION: The mere mention of the word meningitis is enough to evoke huge fear amongst parents, often to the point that they cannot even contemplate or think about it. Why are we scared? Statistics show that over 50% of cases present in children under 5 years of age. The symptoms can appear similar to many common illnesses. It can strike at any time. Undiagnosed and untreated meningitis and septicaemia can kill within hours. It is undoubtedly a very scary subject. We here at ACT for Meningitis implore all parents, grandparents, aunts’ uncles and guardians to empower themselves and become more aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia. This knowledge and awareness may just save a young precious life. What do I need to look out for? Babies and infants • Unusually sleepy/not waking for feeds • Very irritable, does not want to be handled or picked up • High temperature • Limp and floppy or stiff and jerky movements • Not feeding as much as normal/vomiting • Not easily consoled/calmed • Pale in colour or turning blue • Breathing unusually fast • Cold hands and feet • Blotchy skin colour • Red pin point or purplish rash *(may not be present in meningitis) • An unusual or high pitched cry • A bulging soft spot on the top of the head • Check your baby often as babies can get very ill quite quickly • *A rash, commonly referred to as the meningitis rash, this rash does not disappear when a glass is rolled over it. However in many cases of meningitis and septicaemia a rash may not appear at all. If you have any concerns or suspicions do not wait for a rash to appear. Young children • Severe headache • Vomiting • High temperature • Confusion/Irritable • Very sleepy • Breathing unusually fast • Cold hands and feet/Shivering • Pin prick rash or purple rash *(may not be present in meningitis) • Dislike of bright lights (less likely children under 3) • Stiff neck (less likely children under 3) • Severe muscle pain – not happy to move about, stand or walk • Jerky body movements, possible seizures • *A rash, commonly referred to as the meningitis rash, this rash does not disappear when a glass is rolled over it. However in many cases of meningitis and septicaemia a rash may not appear at all. If you have any concerns or suspicions do not wait for a rash to appear. As we have already mentioned early symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can appear like many other common illnesses - cold and flu’s for example. However alarm bells should start to ring if your child/baby develops several of these symptoms quite quickly. Time is of the essence when it comes to treating and diagnosing meningitis. If you suspect meningitis – get medical help immediately. Trust your instincts. ACT fast it may save a life. STUDENT MEDICAL INFORMATION: Freshers, undergraduates and post graduates...Can meningitis affect you? Many people continue to believe that it is only children and babies that can contract meningitis. This is not the case. Meningitis can strike at any time, affecting all ages. It is a life threatening infection that can take a life within hours. Regrettably we have all heard of the tragic stories of a university student’s life being lost unexpectedly and rapidly to meningitis. Let’s try to put an end to this. In taking five short minutes to become aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis, you may save a life! Meningitis and septicaemia are not always easy to recognise at first. The signs and symptoms can start like many other common illness flu for example or even a bad hangover! What to look out for... * Severe headache * Fever * Neck stiffness * Dislike of bright lights * Joint or muscle pain * Vomiting * Stomach cramps * Drowsiness * Confusion * A rash, commonly referred to as the meningitis rash, this rash does not disappear when a glass is rolled over it. However in many cases of meningitis and septicaemia a rash may not appear at all. If you have any concerns or suspicions do not wait for a rash to appear. Look out for each other; let a house mate know if you are feeling unwell...if a friend tells you they are feeling unwell, check on them. Most importantly trust your instincts...if you think it is serious get medical help. ACT fast it may save a life

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http://www.independent.ie/videos/irish-news/world-meningitis-day-29216376.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-oCo66O6A0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-oCo66O6A0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBUXZinvTfQ http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/184/61927/1/Ireland-AM CHY 20088

Company Overview

ACT for Meningitis is a non -profit organisation based in Galway, Ireland. It was established in 2011 by Siobhán and Noel Carroll, who in 2008 lost their precious daughter Aoibhe - aged 4- to Meningitis. Nobody should face the journey alone after being affected by Meningitis ..ACT is here to offer support to everyone affected by Meningitis while also raising awareness of this life changing disease... With Meningitis early detection and rapid medical attention is vital. Every second counts when it comes to the early diagnosis of Meningitis, so trust your instincts. A- ASK- Could these symptoms be Meningitis? C- CONTACT your doctor T- TIME- every second counts, so TRUST your instincts ACT today for a brighter tomorrow

Mission

To raise awareness and educate society of the signs and symptoms of Meningitis

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