Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, launches new sepsis awareness campaign targeting parents of children aged 0-4

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Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, is today launching a new sepsis awareness campaign, supported by UK Sepsis Trust, to raise awareness of the key symptoms of sepsis amongst parents of children aged 0-4.

Acting quickly could save a child’s life. The campaign encourages parents of children aged 0-4 to go to A&E immediately or call 999 if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

The campaign will be launched with a series of new videos explaining the key symptoms, fronted by campaigner Melissa Mead, and a number of other families affected by the condition, as well as the release of posters and leaflets to help raise awareness.

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Local parents, grandparents and carers across mid Essex are now able to seek guidance from a new advice booklet for when their child becomes ill, which includes information on Sepsis and Meningitis. For more information or to download a copy please click here