- There are many causes of meningitis, the most common being viral or bacterial infection.
- Bacterial meningitis can develop very rapidly over a few hours and can cause serious complications or even death.
- Those most at risk are babies and young children under 5 years, teenagers and young adults, older adults, those with weakened immune systems or those living in shared accommodation.
- Common symptoms of meningitis include a sudden high fever, headache, sleepiness, joint and muscle pain.
- If you suspect someone might have meningitis contact your doctor without delay. Bacterial meningitis can be treated with antibiotics, but early treatment is important.
- A number of vaccinations are available that offer some protection against meningitis.
|Babies and children
|Teenagers and adults
If you or anyone in your family has these symptoms, call your doctor straight away or call 111. Say what the symptoms are.