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New research has revealed that children who survive meningococcal disease (a type of meningitis) are:

  • five times more likely to have speech, communication and hearing problems
  • four times more likely to have mental health problems
  • six times more likely to have epilepsy
  • significantly more likely to have memory and IQ problems

The shocking findings have prompted the Meningitis Trust to launch a campaign to fight for the rights of the forgotten children who are currently suffering with the impact of the disease in the UK right now.

The ‘Meningitis Changes Futures’ campaign is calling for automatic assessments and appropriate educational support to become routine for every child who survives meningitis.

1 in 4 who survive will suffer some form of long-term after-effect. Many children may appear to have made a full recovery but are often left with psychological and neurological problems that may go unrecognised, as revealed by the research. These children can be left struggling at school and deprived of the educational support they need.

Sue Davie, Chief Executive of the Meningitis Trust, said: “Parents who have had to watch their child fight for their life when meningitis has struck now have to fight for their child to get the best chance in life.  Recognition of the needs of these children should be a right, not a lottery”.

After signing the Education Petition presented by the Meningitis Trust at the House of Commons, Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield and Shadow Minister for Small Business said:-

“The long term impact of Meningitis can be hugely damaging for so many people of all ages. The Meningitis Trust is doing a great job highlighting the barriers facing many of those who have been affected by this illness, from epilepsy and communication issues to mental illness and memory loss.

He added:-

I recognise the additional help required by so many people left vulnerable by Meningitis. This new research will help shine light into an issue largely ignored, hopefully bringing in a much more comprehensive support network for people all across the UK”.

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