– app of the week – Meningitis Signs and Symptoms

I’m doing something a little bit different in my “app of the week” spot this week. One of the things I love about my iPhone is that I always have it with me, and that means I can put apps on it in case of emergencies. For example, I have a simple first aid app, which I hope to never have to refer to, but know it’s there in case I do. This week I’ve selected another app as my “app of the week” which is available for both the iPhone and Android phones, and it has the potential to be a real lifesaver…

I’ve seen a lot of publicity recently from Meningitis Now (previously known as the Meningitis Trust), who are trying to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis. Apparently 71% of adults in the UK think that the only symptom of meningitis is a rash then doesn’t fade under pressure from a glass. This is not true! I’m familiar with a few of the symptoms, as earlier this year the geekdaughter was taken into hospital for observation when she had a combination of a headache and vomiting, and at the age of just two weeks the geekson was rushed into hospital when he had a high temperature that wouldn’t come down, and was screaming in pain. Given that time really is of the essence with meningitis, and that most GPs will only see perhaps 2 cases in their lifetime, it’s important that we as parents have an idea of the symptoms. The Meningitis Trust have produced a great little app called Meningitis Signs and Symptoms which provides both a quick reference guide to all the signs and symptoms of meningitis, but also contains useful information like how to find your nearest A&E department or how to call NHS Direct.

Hear me talk about it and see it in action in the video below:

If you have problems viewing the above video you may watch it directly on the web.

If you don’t have a smartphone you can also access the list of meningitis signs and symptoms on the Meningitis Now website.

Spread the word! Break the myth. Learn the symptoms of meningitis, and be better prepared.

Disclosure: The link to the app above contains my iTunes affiliate code. However this is a free app, so I won’t get any money if you download it. 


  1. Nancy says

    Interesting: I’ve never heard the rash/glass thing, ever. The only symptom of meningitis I’ve heard (over and over) is a stiff neck. I’ll have to check out the app. Maybe there is a similar U.S. version – sounds handy.


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