The HSE have advised the public to be extra vigilant regarding meningococcal Meningitis/ Septicaemia after an increase in meningococcal disease in Ireland over the past few weeks.
There are two types of meningitis; bacterial and viral. Parents are advised to check their children have been vaccinated against meningococcal disease as it poses a serious risk to children and adolescents.
A vaccine that protects against meningococcal C disease (Men C vaccine) is given at 6 months and at 13 months and meningococcal B vaccine (Men B vaccine) is given at 2, 4, and 12 months of age.
All children should get their vaccines in accordance with the national schedule. Children who have missed vaccines can obtain these vaccines from their GPs.
Bacterial meningitis or septicaemia requires urgent antibiotic treatment.
The HSE advises that if anyone has any concerns or showing symptoms, they should contact their GP in the first instance but ensure that medical expertise is sought.