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Knowing the signs and symptoms, remaining vigilant and getting medical help quickly can save lives.
By learning the signs and symptoms of the disease now, you could be saving a life in the future. Visit our resources section for free meningitis literature and download our symptoms app or download our symptoms card.
Meningitis and septicaemia often happen together. Be aware of all the signs and symptoms. Someone with meningitis or septicaemia can get a lot worse very quickly. Keep checking them.
A fever with spots/rash that do not fade under pressure is a medical emergency. Do the Glass test
Trust your instincts – if you suspect meningitis or septicaemia get medical help immediately.
Call NHS 111/NHS 24 (Scotland) 08454 242424 or your GP
In an emergency you can:
Describe the symptoms carefully and say that you think it could be meningitis or septicaemia.
Early diagnosis can be difficult. If you have had advice and are still worried, get medical help again.
There are many different causes of meningitis, but the two most common organisms are viruses and bacteria. No matter what the cause, if you are concerned that someone has meningitis or septicaemia, get immediate medical help.
Meningococcal bacteria are the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK. These bacteria can cause both meningitis and septicaemia.
If you have questions about the signs and symptoms to look out for you can call our meningitis helpline 0808 80 10 388
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Our helpline is available to offer advice and answer your meningitis questions.
You can now keep the Meningitis Now signs and symptoms card on your iPhone. Life-saving information at your fingertips