‘Search for a Vaccine’ information evening at Armoy WI
On a cold and snowy February evening the ladies of Armoy welcomed Carl Monteith to their monthly meeting to speak about Meningitis UK.
Carl has been the Northern Ireland co-coordinator for over 25 years and has a wealth of knowledge and information about the condition. It is a very frightening condition as the most severe type can kill in 4 hours and meningitis is the most common disease causing death or disability in UK. Viral meningitis is more common while Bacterial meningitis can be life threatening and requires URGENT medical treatment.
As symptoms can be’ flu ‘ like it can be missed at the very early stage even by GP’s who may only see a few cases in their clinical practice. It is imperative therefore that parents and carers are aware of what the symptoms are and that they are familiar with the TUMBLER test for the rash -Press the side of a clear glass firmly against the rash and if the rash does not fade, seek medical help IMMEDIATELY.
If in doubt always trust your instincts and seek medical help without delay. The good news is that in 1999 a vaccine was found for Meningitis C which reduced the incidence by about 30% but a vaccine for meningitis B was more illusive as this strain frequently mutates.
However a new drug has now just been licensed that should protect up to 73% of the population and now the pressure is on to get it through all the legal hoops to get it added to routine NHS childhood vaccination schedules.If you would like more information contact www.meningitisUK.org
Freda Cunningham was congratulated on winning the bowls and will represent the Institute at the Area competition in Toberdoney.
As usual there were lots of other events being planned -quizzes, guest night, AGM, music and drama festivals ,Arts coffee morning and even catering at Balmoral show in May. The recent one day craft school had been a great success with the many participants being helped and inspired with new crafts.
The monthly competition ‘ Granny,s cure’ was won by Nancy Orr with her potato cure for warts while Anne Logan came second with her egg cure for Love! A delicious supper and the singing of the Countrywoman’s song concluded our February meeting.
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