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Film highlights meningitis danger showing in Brighton
6:20pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
A film highlighting the signs and symptoms of meningitis is being shown during a cinema’s special mother and baby events.
Over the next three months Meningitis: Keep Watching will be screened during the Big Scream sessions at the Duke of York’s cinema in Brighton.
The sessions allow people to take their under-ones to the cinema so they do not need to find a babysitter or worry about causing a disturbance.
Low lights are left on in the auditorium and nappy changing facilities are available.
The meningitis campaign has been prompted by concern that many parents mistakenly think their children are protected against all types of meningitis.
This can lead to parents missing the symptoms and delays in seeking medical advice.
The scale of the problem is highlighted in research showing that more than two-thirds of parents in the UK are unaware that current vaccinations do not protect their children from all forms of the disease.
Bacterial meningitis affects around 3,400 people in the UK each year and kills more children than any other infectious disease. Most cases occur during winter.
The campaign is being led by the three UK meningitis charities – Meningitis Research Foundation, Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK.
In a joint statement they said: “Knowledge can save lives when it comes to meningitis.
“We urge parents to take a few minutes to view the Keep Watching film and to think about what they can do to spread the word and protect their children.”
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