Meningitis - what to look out for

Meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia (blood poisoning) are serious diseases that can affect anyone at any time. Teenagers and students in particular, are at increased risk.

Most young people in the UK have already had the relevant vaccinations. If you haven't or can't remember, getting vaccinated now is a good way to protect yourself. Contact your GP for advice.

But please remember vaccinations can't prevent all forms of meningitis and septicaemia. It's very important you know the signs and symptoms so that you can get medical help urgently if you or a friend becomes ill. 

The Meningitis Now website lists early symptoms, and common signs & symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can include: 

  • Fever, cold hands and feet

  • Vomiting

  • Drowsy, difficult to wake

  • Confusion and irritability

  • Severe muscle pain

  • Pale, blotchy skin. Spots/rash 
    See the Glass Test

  • Severe headache

  • Stiff neck

  • Dislike bright lights

  • Convulsions/seizures

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