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Know Meningococcal Disease – What You Need To Know!

Meningococcal Disease – do you know enough to protect your child?

As a mum to two small children, my kids’ health and well-being is always in the forefront of my mind.

As you know, my own health was compromised 18 months ago. I was diagnosed with breast cancer, despite having no family history of the disease.

Now, more than ever, I strive to keep my family’s health protected. I just want to keep them safe and secure.

This is brought to you by Nuffnang and GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK), KnowMeningococcal.

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My little girl – I would do anything to protect her

But there’s a balance to be had between being overly-cautious and not vigilant enough. It’s something I really struggle with at times. Are you the same?

I want to protect my babies and I keep an eye on their health at all times. That said, I do not want to be paranoid and I would certainly never want to pass those feelings on to them.

Whilst I would never want to waste our GP’s time, I have to trust my gut instinct. If I think my child needs to see our GP, I will take them immediately.

Over time, my confidence in trusting my “mum gut instinct” has grown. I educate myself as much as possible and I’m sharing this new campaign with you for the same reasons now. So we can all be well informed as parents.

About Meningococcal Disease

Until recently, I knew very little about meningococcal disease, let alone its impact on children.

Meningococcal disease is a rare, but potential deadly, bacterial infection of the blood and/or membranes that line the spinal cord and brain. It can be potentially life-threatening.

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There are many different strains of the disease, 13 in fact. I have learned now that the vaccine given as part of the routine childhood immunisations does not cover the three strains that cause most meningococcal disease in Australia.

An educational website has been created to better inform parents – you can read more about this here.

The website educates on what the disease is and the signs and symptoms to be aware of. It covers how meningococcal disease is spread and who is at risk. I downloaded this really informative booklet to learn more about this, as well as how to treat and help prevent meningococcal disease.

As a mum of two children under four years old, I’ve learned that infants, young children and adolescents are at most risk from strains of meningococcal disease.

The website has helped to reassure me of what to look out for. Educational materials will also be included in Bounty bags for new mums. When I was a brand new mum, I found my Bounty bag so useful for the products and literature it contained.

My Family

Parenting is never easy and so much keeps me up at night. Well that’s mainly my two year old son at the moment who doesn’t want to sleep in his own bed!

All I can do is be as informed as possible, to know the facts and to then keep trusting my gut instinct. Ultimately, I know what is right for my children.

We will discuss meningococcal disease vaccination options with our family GP and, with his guidance, make an informed decision for our children. Until recently, we knew little of this disease and it’s potentially fatal consequences.

After my own health scare, I’m now all too aware that life is short.

For more information, you can visit KnowMeningococcal.com.au and speak with your family GP. Join in the conversation online by following #KnowMeningococcal.

This blog post was sponsored by GSK. Love from Mim has partnered with GSK to increase knowledge and understanding of meningococcal disease, and to help prevent the spread and impact of this devastating disease. This post aims to be informational and does not constitute professional medical advice, please see your GP for more information.

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  1. Kylie T
    / 5:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing this informative post.

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