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The "full of beans" 4-year-old from Howick in East Auckland had to fight for his life after contracting pneumococcal meningitis, which caused him to become profoundly deaf.
The family will be celebrating by taking part in fundraising event Loud Shirt Day on Friday September 18. Loud Shirt Day participants are invited to put on their brightest animal print shirts and wild animal onesies to show their support. Masha says the rehabilitation changed her son from being very withdrawn and quiet, back to his original self.
Masha says it has been a rough ride butA they have been supported by specialists, family and the community. New meningitis vaccine the NHS says children can't have: Meningitis B kills in hours and can cost survivors their limbs. Meningococcal B is a bacterium that causes the most common form of bacterial meningitis, meningitis B - an infection of the meninges, the protective membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Instead, it said it should only be given to those with certain immuno-deficiencies, such as disorders of the spleen, or those on immune-suppressant drugs.So why would other babies not be offered protection? Symptoms are varied and may be similar to flu in the early stages, so it can be difficult to diagnose. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Meningitis is an infection that causes an inflammation to layers of tissue that surround the brain and spinal cord.
Unlike bacterial meningitis, viral meningitis doesna€™t normally lead to blood poisoning (septicaemia).

In less than four hours of experiencing their first symptoms - which may just be a temperature, vomiting or a flu-like illness - they can be in multiple organ failure.
It can be caused by bacteria or transmitted as a virus, and can lead to nerve and brain damage. Sensitivity to light and a stiff neck are also common manifestations of the disease and a distinctive skin rash may also develop.
Ita€™s a milder form of the disease, so is normally easier to recover from, but there can be complications if ita€™s contracted by infants or the elderly. In 24 hours, they can be dead.'Around 10 per cent of those who catch meningitis B die within 24 to 48 hours, even if they receive antibiotics. If bacteria enter the bloodstream, they can also cause septicaemia, which can lead to shock and multiple organ failure.A new vaccine against the bacterium is available in the UK, but can only be obtained privately. Dr Ninis paid privately for the jabs for her two youngest children, and her eldest, aged 13, will have hers soon.'I had a recent case of a ten-month-old baby found dead in his cot by his sibling,' she says. Diarrhoea, muscle and joint pain, and general flu-like symptoms can be expected with viral meningitis. One in five is left with long-term problems, including limb amputation, hearing loss, learning disabilities and brain damage. Meningitis B infections can affect all age groups, but children, and especially babies, are at risk due to their immature immune systems. Already, 118 paediatricians, nurses and scientists have written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, pressing for the committee to reverse its decision.'It is a cause for concern to us that after years of research, a vaccine which could prevent a significant proportion of cases of this dreadful disease might simply be shelved,' they wrote. Viral meningitis This type of meningitis is less common than bacterial meningitis and is also less serious.

If you would like more information on the vaccines available for meningitis, go to or consult your GP. No other infectious disease kills as many under-fives as bacterial meningitis and septicaemia and most cases are caused by meningococcal bacteria. Dr Ninis, who signed the letter, says the opportunity to introduce the vaccine is 'a historic moment'. As symptoms are mild and in keeping with the flu, ita€™s difficult to accurately estimate the number of suffers. Between 2006 and 2011, 247 adults and children died from meningitis caused by meningococcal B in England and Wales, and about 3,400 are affected by bacterial meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK.Around 10 per cent of people carry the bacterium harmlessly in their throat, but can pass it on to others.
Treatment With painkillers, plenty of fluids, and lots of rest, viral meningitis sufferers normally recover without the need for hospital treatment. But the majority of bacterial meningitis infections in the UK are caused by MenB.'One man who needs no convincing about the jab is Paul Challis, whose daughter Ellie May, now nine, developed meningitis caused by meningococcal B at 16 months. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may admit you to hospital for a course of antibiotics.
After-effects Memory loss, tiredness, depression, or emotional problems can occur in many survivors.

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