ACT for Meningitis joined Irish Rugby captain Rory Best and former England Rugby player, Matt Dawson today in Dublin at the launch of #TackleMeningitis on World MeningitIs Day.
Parents were warned to look for the early signs in their children.
According to a new survey conducted by GSK, 44% of Irish parents think a distinctive rash is the first symptom of meningitis, despite the fact it often appears after other symptoms, or not at all.
To mark World Meningitis Day, GSK has announced the launch of the Tackle Meningitis campaign in partnership with Irish Rugby captain Rory Best and former England Rugby player, Matt Dawson whose son previously contracted the disease.
The initiative is aimed at raising awareness of meningitis, which is a rare but potentially fatal disease. The campaign is backed by Irish charities, ACT for Meningitis and Meningitis Research Foundation.
Rory said, “As a parent myself, you always fear meningitis and when I heard what happened to Matt’s son, I realised that I myself was perhaps not as informed as I could be around this disease. It was important to me to stand beside Matt and help him educate people around meningitis”.
Matt said: “I wish I had known more about meningitis and what to look out for. People only think of the glass test, but there are other lesser known symptoms that it’s very important to be aware of. In truth, I was fairly ignorant about how dangerous it can be, but thankfully we turned out to be incredibly lucky.
"With this disease, even a matter of minutes can make a huge difference to the outcome. I feel passionate about standing behind a campaign which uses the power and influence of sport and its ability to reach people of all ages.”
Siobhan Carroll, CEO of ACT for Meningitis commented: “We welcome GSK’s efforts to create greater awareness around meningitis and applaud Matt Dawson’s courage in using his experience of the disease to help save lives.
"We know how important the awareness message is, having distributed over 200,000 free signs and symptoms cards to date which provided clear and accurate information for more people than ever before. As parents like Matt Dawson have found, the early symptoms of the disease can be overlooked. In some cases, may have devastating consequences.
"We are particularly excited to see how ‘Tackle Meningitis’ utilises sport to reach those who still don’t know about the disease.”
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