Bacterial meningitis – the facts
- Bacterial meningitis requires urgent medical treatment
- There is no vaccine to protect against all types of meningitis
- Some bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause septicaemia* (blood poisoning)
- People can be left with a variety of after-effects
*Many medical experts now use the term sepsis instead of septicaemia.
Bacterial meningitis causes
There are many different bacteria that can cause meningitis, the most common are:
How do you treat bacterial meningitis?
Bacterial meningitis needs rapid admission to hospital and urgent treatment with antibiotics. If treated promptly, bacterial meningitis is less likely to become life-threatening.
Who gets bacterial meningitis and why?
- Bacterial meningitis can affect any age group, but is more common in babies and young children
- Babies and young children are more at risk because their body’s defences are not fully developed
- Teenagers and young people are also at increased risk, particularly during the first year at university
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