Friday, April 19, 2013

#WorldMeningitisDay is April 24th

Update: The awareness survey will be kept up for an additional week, until April 29. If you haven't already, it would be great if you could take a minute to fill it out. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 24th is World Meningitis Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of this devastating disease across the globe. Next Tuesday I'll be participating in a webinar presented by Canadian parenting expert Alyson Schafer and General Practitioner Dr. Greenberg (Dr. Dave) to learn more about  Meningitis. Also joining the panel of speakers will be Furakh Mir from Meningitis Relief Canada, who will share her experience as the mother of a child affected by this disease.

I have to admit that meningitis is a word that has always sparked fear for me. The idea that something that looks like a cold or the flu could be fatal to my child is truly terrifying. What if my child becomes infected and I mistake it for something benign? I'm looking forward to attending this webinar to learn more about this potentially fatal disease and how I can help to keep my family safe. Of course, I'll be sharing with you about the event and what I learned as well!

To assist with the webinar, it would be great it you could take a few minutes to fill out this short survey, designed to help gain a better understanding of Canadian parents’ current knowledge and perception of meningitis in children. The survey will be open until Monday, April 22, and then the results will be compiled and shared in the webinar. (No names collected - no worries!) I just took the survey and it's a really quick 10 questions. And if you have any specific questions you'd like me to ask, please leave them below in the comments.

If you'd like to learn more about meningitis in the meantime, please visit

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