LETTER: Measures to curb meningitis

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I was touched to read that Horsham Life Saving Club has been fundraising for good causes including Emily Darbyshire, who was left disabled after battling meningitis, encephalitis and septicaemia in 2006.

Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu. For these reasons, we believe preventative measures are the best solution.

Our sole focus is to fund the development of vaccines and other methods of preventing this devastating disease.

In the absence of a vaccine, we distribute a range of materials to raise awareness of the common symptoms and need to act quickly, which can mean the difference between life and death.

If any of your readers would like a free symptoms information pack, or for more information, they can call Meningitis UK on 0117 947 6320 or visit www.meningitisUK.org

SUE DAVIE

Chief executive, Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust, Link House, Britton Gardens, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 1TF