Meningitis kills more children in Ireland than any other infectious disease. We were joined by entrepreneur Ed O'Donnell who survived it but still suffers the affects.
Ed lost total hearing in one ear and partial loss in the other ear due to meningitis, but is in fact one of the lucky ones, as one in ten of those affected by this disease will die. One in three survivors will be left with life altering after-effects.
The Meningitis Research Foundation is warning people to be aware of the signs and symptoms as the diseases can strike anyone at any age and vaccines don't cover all forms, and Caroline O'Connor, Medical Information Officer from the MRF says speed is key.
"Speed is really of the essence. Meningitis is one of few diseases that can kill a healthy person within 24 hours. A lot of the symptoms, like fever and vomiting, are so vague but there are more unique symptoms to look out for - the likes of a stiff neck or unusual crying in babies."
The symptoms of meningitis include: sleepiness/difficulty waking, seizures, confused/delirious, rash, fever/vomiting, dislike of bright lights, severe headache, stiff neck.