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Meningitis group publishes advice booklet for nurses

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Meningitis Research Foundation has launched a new UK edition of its booklet for nurses working in the community, Vital signs, Vital issues.

Endorsed by the Royal College of Nurses, Vital signs, Vital issues helps with early recognition of meningitis and septicaemia, informs about vaccines and provides community practitioners with critical information about vaccine safety.

The new fourth edition includes a revised and expanded question and answer section on vaccine safety which exposes the fallacy of the immune overload myth and explains why vaccines do not cause allergies. It also includes new information on the impact of pneumococcal vaccine and modifications to vaccination recommendations.

Chris Head, MRF Chief Executive, commented: "Each year we estimate there are 3,600 cases of meningitis and septicaemia, about one in ten of those people who contract meningitis or septicaemia will die and many more will survive with life-altering after effects which can be as severe as deafness, brain damage and amputations.  By providing this information to nurses who work in the community we hope that lives will be saved."

Vital signs, Vital issues is available can be ordered or downloaded free of charge.

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