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Cases of meningitis in the UK

There is no definitive source providing accurate statistics for all cases of meningitis in the UK.

Therefore, we use a variety of sources to estimate the number of cases of all types of meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia.

Pre-Covid, we estimated that there were around 8,000 cases of meningitis in the UK each year.

Social distancing measures have caused a significant reduction in cases during the past year. However, as social distancing rules relax, the future incidence of the disease is unknown. We will be keeping a close watch on the situation.

Sources of information

Published data from public health agencies:

Other sources of information include:

  • Meningitis Progress Tracker
  • In cases where there is no published data, we use estimates from scientific papers and expert medical opinion including from our Medical Director, Professor Simon Kroll

If you have any questions about meningitis or case numbers, please contact info@meningitisnow.org.