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

*Many medical experts now use the term sepsis instead of septicaemia.