Today is World Meningitis Day and the launch of my website Bacterial meningitis affects over 3400 people in the UK every year. 1 in 10 will die and more than half will have to live with disabilities for the rest of their lives! Become aware. Learn the facts.

Meningitis strikes fast and furious. The timeline between getting ill and death is approx 20 hours. A rash often but does not always occur! Look out for very high fevers, unusual skin tone, shivering, cold hands and feet, vomiting, headaches, seizures, confusion and delirium. Act quick.

Babies, toddlers and adolescents are the most vulnerable, with infants under 7 months of age at greatest risk. Unfortunately, many of those who do survive are often left with life-long complications, such as brain damage, learning disabilities, hearing loss and amputation of limbs. Learn the signs and symptoms now!