The dangers of meningitis and septicaemia are being highlighted today, on World Meningitis Day.
The illness causes the deaths of around 1-thousand children around the globe every day.
Those who survive can be affected with brain damage, blindness, deafness, behavioural problems and memory loss.
Clodagh Hegarty is with the Meningitis Research Foundation – and explains what parents should watch out for:
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