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World Meningitis Day

World Meningitis Day is April 24, every year. The goal is to spread the word about meningitis, how to spot it and what causes it. It’s also a day to promote the importance of vaccines.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis continues to be a major global public health issue causing up to 5 million cases each year, including epidemics of new strains that spread between countries and across the world.

There are three main types of meningitis infection: bacterial, viral and environmental. Infection is by far the most common cause of meningitis and is caused by many different germs: viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

Meningitis can strike everyone and at all ages – it can be fatal within a few hours and cause lifelong disability. Aftereffects can be life-changing and may include: memory loss, deafness, loss of sight, epilepsy, paralysis, limb loss, organ damage, and brain damage.

Private Home Health Care reminds people to observe World Meningitis Day by learning more about meningitis and the importance of vaccines. Early detection and being immunized can save lives!!

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