As a mother and wife, I am responsible for the well being of my family. There are many things that can disrupt our happy life, and falling sick is a major part of it. We try our best to keep our children safe, but we cannot fight everything that can harm them.
Thankfully, vaccines are a good way to take one tension away from my mind. I know that once I have given my daughter a vaccine, she is protected and the chances of her getting a life-threatening disease are reduced.
I also stay up to date with all kinds of information – especially when it pertains to my child. And today I’m going to tell you a little more about meningococcal meningitis vaccination.
What is meningococcal meningitis?
Meningococcal meningitis is a rare bacterial infection that leads to the inflammation of the brain membranes.
I had spoken about it earlier on my blog as well and you can click here to read more about this deadly disease.
A rare but serious infection, it can lead to blood poisoning (septicemia) or brain infection (meningitis). Ironically, for a disease so dangerous, the symptoms of meningococcal meningitis are pretty simple like that of flu or fever – nausea, body pain, vomiting, stiffness and headache.
With symptoms as common as these, the chances of being overlooked and brushed aside are high. In the initial stage, it is difficult to discover or diagnose, but if left untreated within a short span of 24 hours, it can even cause death.
Why should you take the meningococcal meningitis vaccination?
Since it is hard to diagnose, a vaccine is recommended for complete protection against this disease. Considering school children and infants under the age of 5 are most susceptible, a vaccine is the best way to go forward. Apart from getting your child vaccinated, you can also take precautions which will not only help your child’s health, but will also keep them safe.
One of the things I have always abided by is to ensure my daughter eats a healthy and nutritious diet to keep her away from infections. Though she can be fussy about food, I use my mom tricks to ensure she is getting her balanced diet.
We are protective of our children, but we can’t possibly be around them all the time. My child goes to school, classes, extra-curricular activities, to the playground to play, field trips and a lot more. I cannot shield her throughout the day. But I can teach her the basics of hygiene, washing hands after play, before and after eating food. I can also teach her how diseases spread and how she must be empowered to protect herself.
As we need awareness, children need to be made aware too – that’s another thing I have found very helpful – to talk to my child and explain to her why she needs to follow hygiene rules.
So join the movement against meningococcal meningitis today!
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