About Meningitis

"If your kid is on full life support... you feel so helpless"

Bacterial meningitis kills more UK children under 5 than any other infectious disease.1

Meningitis is the inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by bacteria or a virus. It can progress fast and requires immediate treatment.

Meningitis bacteria types in the UK

This is a graphical representation of the incidence of meningitis bacteria types and this could change

"I didn’t know there are so many different types of meningitis"

There are multiple types of bacteria that can cause meningitis. Group B bacteria cause the majority of UK meningitis cases.2

Vaccines are available to help protect against many of these strains.

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"I thought it was a bug he’d picked up"

1 in 10 people carry these bacteria and viruses in their nose or throat.3

"All of a sudden, you don’t know if you’re going to see them again"

Meningitis can cause blood poisoning and result in lifelong damage.

You should get medical advice as soon as possible if you’re concerned about yourself or someone else. Trust your instincts and don’t wait until a rash develops.

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Meningitis information

Infection can be spread by:




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  1. Meningitis Now. Meningitis information. (Accessed 5/12/17) http://bit.ly/2jRT34b
  2. Public Health England, (2017). Invasive meningococcal disease in England: annual laboratory confirmed reports for epidemiological year 2016 to 2017. Health Protection Report; Vol 11 Number 38.
  3. Meningitis Now. Meningitis in children and young people. (Accessed 5/12/17) http://bit.ly/2ff4wwp
  4. NHS Choices. Meningitis Overview. (Accessed 5/12/17) http://bit.ly/2AZ65rg