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What is meningitis?

Find out what meningitis is, how to recognise it & what to do if you suspect meningitis

Meningitis signs & symptoms
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Meningitis explained

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Some bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause septicaemia* (blood poisoning)

Key facts about meningitis

  • Meningitis can affect anyone of any age
  • Meningitis can kill
  • Meningitis can cause long-term after-effects
  • Viral and bacterial are the most common causes of meningitis
  • No vaccine provides 100% protection against meningitis
  • Early signs and symptoms can appear similar to 'flu' or a stomach bug

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Call our helpline 0808 80 10 388 or email helpline@meningitisnow.org

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