Meningitis Awareness Pop-up in partnership with the Dept of Public Health Mid-West and Act for Meningitis

UL Student Life have partnered with the Dept. of Public Health Mid-West and Act for Meningitis to bring a pop-up information stand to the UL Courtyard as part of Welfare Wednesday on November 9th from 11-2pm.

Meningitis is a serious and potentially life-threatening illness. It is caused by infection and inflammation of the protective layers around the brain and spinal cord, producing symptoms like fever,
headache, and stiff neck. There are many different causes of meningitis, but viral and bacterial meningitis are the most commonly seen.

Viral meningitis is more common but rarely fatal. Bacterial meningitis is less common, but can cause septicemia (blood poisoning), which can result in death. It is most common from September to April but can occur any time. Ireland has among the highest rates of meningitis in Europe.

Anyone can get meningitis. Babies and children aged under five are the most at-risk. However, there can be a peak in infections among those in their late-teens and young adults, especially between September and April.

The information pop-up will be lead by a team of experts with the aim of highlighting the signs and symptoms of Meningitis and when to act if you are concerned.

Students will have the opportunity to ask professionals any questions they may have around the serious, and potentially life-threatening illness, with clinical doctors on hand in the courtyard.

The early signs and symptoms of meningitis are very similar to other infections. DO NOT WAIT FOR A RASH. If you are concerned, seek medical help immediately. If a friend is unwell with any of the symptoms, check on them. It could prevent serious illness or death.

For full details on the signs & symptoms, FAQ’s and information on who to contact if you are concerned, click here.

If you have been affected by this in any way please reach out to our Student Information and Support coordinators by email or by booking an appointment with Shane or Nicole here.