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Meningitis information

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by many different organisms including bacteria and viruses.


Who's at risk


Meningitis can affect anyone of any age at any time, however there are at risk groups.

Meningitis symptoms


Meningitis and septicaemia often happen together. Be aware of all the signs and symptoms.

What is meningitis?


There are many different causes of meningitis, but the two most common organisms are viruses and bacteria. 

After meningitis


Meningitis can strike in an instant, but its impact can last a lifetime. We know that meningitis and septicaemia can turn your world upside down.

There are many different causes of meningitis. The two most common organisms are viral and bacterial.

Meningitis facts

  • 10% of bacterial cases result in death.
  • 15% of those who survive bacterial meningitis are left with severe after-effects such as brain damagehearing and sight loss, and where septicaemia (blood poisoning) has occurred, loss of limbs and scarring.
  • Bacterial meningitis kills more UK children under the age of five than any other infectious disease.
  • Viral meningitis is usually less serious than bacterial meningitis but can still leave people with long-lasting after-effects, such as headaches, fatigue and memory problems.

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You can speak to our experienced staff by calling our freephone helpline on 0808 80 10 388. Alternatively, email Meningitis Now and we will come back to you as soon as we can. We are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.



Meningitis Now is the new name for Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Trust. Our goals remain the same – saving lives and rebuilding futures.

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