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About the Foundation

Meningitis can often result in tragic death, deafness, loss of limbs, brain damage or other neurological disabilities. Sadly, those most affected include infants, adolescents and young adults. 

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Every second counts - if you are concerned about a friend or family member and think their symptoms may be meningitis, seek the advice of a medical professional immediately.

Symptoms of Meningitis

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Children/Adult

 

Infants

Stiff Neck

Fever, possibly with cold hands and feet

Headache

Refusing feeds or vomiting

Fever

High pitched moaning cry or whimpering

Vomiting

Dislike of being  handled or fretful

Light Sensitivity

Neck retraction with arching of back

Drowsiness or Confusion

Blank & staring expression

Joint Pain

Child is difficult to wake, lethargic

Fitting

Pale, blotchy complexion

Announcements

Rangi Ruru Young Enterprise Team Focuses on Meningitis
A group of five Year 12 students from Rangi Ruru Girls' School are doing their bit to increase awareness of meningitis.  As part of the nationwide Young Enterprise scheme, Rose Marshall-Lee,...
Donations to the Meningitis Foundation
We have recently received a number of donations towards continued awareness and education activities and we would like to sincerely thank people for their generosity and commitment to meningitis...

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