Grandmother has urged parents to educate themselves about the “cruel and ugly disease” that is meningococcal.

Sadly little Charlie has passed away. His family is today mourning after the loss of their 16-month-old baby boy to the deadly disease meningococcal B .

The boy lost his battle against meningococcal dying at the Women’s and Children’s hospital.

Authorities warn Australian parents there is a shortage of B strain vaccines

The B strain vaccine is not available to every child because it is not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and must be given separately to routine vaccinations and paid for by parents.

The pharmaceutical company which provides the vaccine has admitted the increased global demand for the drug means people may miss out, the ABC reports.

‘For people who started an immunisation program for their child, it’s concerning,’ Australian Medical Association South Australia president Doctor Janice Fletcher said.

‘For those considering a vaccination, I’m afraid they’ll have to go on a wait list until the vaccine is available.’

Local pharmacists have reported receiving dozens of calls about the vaccine every day.

The shortage does not affect the vaccine for meningococcal C, which is available for free in the National Immunisation Program.


Bianca Bais, posted a graphic picture of her gravely ill grandson, Charlie. The image has since been removed by Facebook due to “nudity”.

Lying on his hospital bed on life-support, the picture clearly shows the disease’s distinctive red and purple rash all over his little body, reports Adelaide Now.

“Sorry to shock everyone and if I have offended you by posting this pic I do apologise but parents need to be educated about this ugly disease,” she wrote.

“I’m begging everyone, please, please, pray your hardest for my grandson Charlie who is fighting for his life at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

“He is extremely unwell and currently on life support, please share this and get the prayer chain happening.”

“Charlie was just miserable all day, we thought it was a tummy bug, took him to Noarlunga Hospital but they cleared him at 5pm and sent him home,” Ms Bais wrote.

“A short time later, Charlie threw up and his mother noticed ‘a few red dots’ (on his body) and thought it was chickenpox.

“His mum took Charlie to Flinders hospital and within less than an hour he was put on life support and then in two hours he was rushed to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital where he is still fighting for his life in (a) very dangerous critical condition,” Ms Bais wrote.

She urged parents to “research this ugly disease and when your child gets sick keep a close eye on them”.

“Charlie is fighting for his life for the second night now but the doctors said thanks to Bonnie’s quick actions in getting him to the hospital not once but twice, it has kept him from already being pronounced dead and given him the best possible fight chance.”

Early last month a Townsville Mother warns parents to be on the lookout for symptoms after her son was rushed to hospital, due to the life threatening condition.

The signs to look out for are: (via Meningococcal Australia)
• fever
• nausea/vomiting
• lack of energy
• tiredness/drowsiness
• confusion
• irritability or agitation
• a sore throat

Other symptoms include

•stiff or painful neck
•sensitivity to light
•twitching or convulsions

The distinctive meningococcal rash (indicating bleeding into the skin) can be a critical symptom of deadly septicaemia, along with a high fever.

The rash may start with a simple spot or blister anywhere on the body, then may progress quickly to red pinpricks like small mosquito bites, and/or spread quickly into purple bruise like blotches. It’s important not to wait until a rash appears before seeking treatment, as the meningococcal rash signifies a critical stage of the disease.

NSW Health Director, Communicable Diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said last month that late winter/early spring was the season when meningococcal disease tended to be most prevalent, although cases presented all year round.

“Most cases occur among infants, young children, teenagers and young adults although people of any age can be infected,” Dr Sheppeard said.

RIP little man. Our thoughts are with Charlie’s family at this difficult time.

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  • Why isn’t this vaccine readily available like all the others. This disease is on the rise and needs to be controlled


  • The symptoms can be difficult to detect in a small baby as they are naturally tired, cry when hungry and can’t communicate where pain is. At least this baby was taken to hospital and they didn’t wait until the rash appeared.
    The baby is not completely nude in the photo. He appears to have a nappy on but not done up around his stomach.


  • I hope he will be ok, this is awful.


  • Wishing Charlie a full recovery for the future.


  • Poor little Charlie. I hope he recovers


  • Such a scary disease indeed !
    Hope & pray Charlie recovers soon !!


  • It is scary how the initial symptoms are so common to a lot other minor ailments. Is there a simple blood test for the disease? It seems like the rash is the one significant symptom but when that appears, it may be too far advanced.


  • This disease is so scary as it invades the body so quickly.


  • I hope Charlie recovers soon. This disease really scares me and I am always stress whenever my children are sick and hope it is not this.


  • I hope Charlie will recover soon. What a nasty disease indeed! :-(


  • My son had this awful disease, I took him to the hospital. As he was 11 he came home from school and layed down in front of the heater; he said his back hurt and he felt sick all day, and he couldnt come home as they were at a sports event..He looked terrible and I notice a couple of red spots on his body. I took him to the local hospital and the said wait in emergency. My son was getting paler and really tired. Another girl for his class also came into the emergency room. My son said I know her and we shared a drink at the sports day. I talked to his mum, and then both of use went and asked to talk to a nurse. They quickly looked at the two of them, and took them straight in and isolated them. My son was there for 7 days in isolation, as they also insisted on sending his blood to a bigger hospital to confirm what he had. It was positive for meningococcal. And i really believe that if the other child hadnt come in they would have left me and my son in emergency for many hours, as they use to always make people wait at least 4 hrs, unless the patient is showing really bad conditions.


  • What a nasty disease. Such a grey line between that and a lot of other childhood illnesses.


  • Terrible disease and so hard to be diagnosed properly. Do hope your grandson gets better and quickly.


  • This disease scares me so much.


  • poor kid! I am glad the pic was shared though because I have never seen the rash before to know what to look for


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