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Fund Vital Scientific Research to Defeat Meningitis and Septicaemia
Meningitis and septicaemia are terrifying diseases that can strike anyone at any time without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life-long after-effects. Few illnesses in 21st century Britain can produce such mutilating injuries. This month alone 25 families will lose a loved one to meningitis.
Our only hope of eliminating these diseases is through prevention -- developing effective vaccines. Two major types of meningitis have been almost eradicated by vaccination. But there is still no vaccine against Meningococcal Group B meningitis and septicaemia (MenB), the leading cause of life-threatening meningitis in the UK, which remains unchecked. In the meantime, delays in diagnosis can still contribute to tragic deaths. For this reason, the Foundation also funds research to improve treatment and diagnosis, and to improve the outlook for survivors.