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Monday, 27 September 2010

Meningitis Awareness Week Survey Results

I want to say a big thank-you to all of my readers who filled in the Brother Max survey for National Meningitis Awareness week and for all those who left great comments on the amazing guest post from Jannette.

Last week was National Meningitis Awareness week and to support the cause and announce the results of their survey, Brother Max and the Meningitis Research Foundation held an event in London where mums and dads were able to quiz TV medic Dr. Hilary Jones.

Over 1500 parents filled in the survey and the results showed that 76% of respondents were not confident in their own ability to diagnose illness in their children. Despite the fact that 77% of parents knew that a raised temperature was a sign of illness, over half of the respondents did not know what their child's normal body temperature should be or that the critical body temperature varies between babies, toddlers, adults and children.

Interestingly, over 90% of parents said that they own at least one thermometer but over one third of respondents still rely wholly on measuring devices that most GPs would consider to be inaccurate. You can read my review of the incredibly easy to use and accurate Brother Max 3-in-1 ear and head thermometer here!

To find out more about Meningitis Awareness Week and the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, visit:
Brother Max
Meningitis Research Foundation or call 080 8800 3344.
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