Understand the risks

Meningitis strikes quickly and often leaves people with life-long effects, like hearing loss and amputations.

For some, it’s deadly. No one thing can prevent meningitis but the better you understand the risks, the better you will be able to help protect your family.

WHO IS AT RISK?

Who is at risk of meningitis?    ASK THE EXPERT

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Everyone is at risk

Most at risk are
babies and children
under 5

 

Teenagers and young
adults are the second
highest at-risk group

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KEY FACTS OF MENINGITIS

Key Facts of Meningitis

B W C Y A

1 IN 20 CASES OF MENINGOCOCCAL


DISEASE RESULT IN DEATH, WITH


HIGHER RATES IN TEENAGERS AND


YOUNG ADULTS

1 IN 3 CHILDREN WHO CONTRACTED


MENINGITIS B ARE LEFT WITH LONG


LONGLASTING EFFECTS


1 IN 20 CASES OF MENINGOCOCCAL

DISEASE RESULT IN DEATH, WITH

HIGHER RATES IN TEENAGERS AND

YOUNG ADULTS

1 IN 3 CHILDREN WHO CONTRACTED

MENINGITIS B ARE LEFT WITH

LONGLASTING EFFECTS

HOW IS IT SPREAD?

How is it spread?

1 in 4 teenagers aged 15-19 years old carry the meningococcal bacteria and could spread the disease to others, however, carriage and spreading is lower in babies and young children.

How can I help tackle meningitis?   ASK THE EXPERT