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The majority of parents in East Anglia wrongly believe their children are fully protected against deadly brain bug meningitis, a new study has revealed.
An alarming 60 per cent think their youngsters have had vaccines for all strains of the disease, with a further 37 per cent being unsure.
Meningitis kills more under-fives than any other infectious disease despite existing vaccines for Hib, meningitis C and pneumococcal meningitis.
In the last few months in Ipswich there's been 3 suspected meningitis deaths. Two children from the same area of the Town died within two days of each other.
Mark Smith from Ipswich, lost his son Taylor to the disease less than a year ago. He's know campaigning for more parents to be aware of the symptoms. He told Heart: "We put him down for his nap and when he woke from that he wasn't himself, nothing too drastic. Something triggered off straight away, he's not his usual self. Doctor examined him and found nothing untoward apart from high temperature and possible gastro bug.
"Probably about 2 o clock in the morning we went in there (his bedroom) he looked his normal self but he had a few small darkish spots on him. It could have been chicken pox as he had contact with someone who had chicken pox on the Friday.
"We rang the out of hours service and explained what we thought. About 5 o clock in the morning someone rang back and said how is he now. We explained about the spots and they said spots don't normally come out until after a week of contact with chicken pox.
"We rushed into his room but he'd gone already."
Other symptoms can include:
The symptoms of pneumococcal meningitis are the same as meningococcal meningitis.
Other symptoms may include: