What is meningitis?

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).

What is meningitis LB

Key facts:

  • 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