Meningitis and septicaemia often happen together. Meningitis can happen to anyone. Do you know the signs?
Fever/vomiting, severe headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, very sleepy/difficult to wake, confused/delirious, rash (anywhere on the body), seizures.
Symptoms can occur in any order – not everyone gets all symptoms. If you are worried for yourself or someone else, get medical help immediately.
Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) - symptoms are
Fever/vomiting, limb/joint/muscle pain cold hands and feet/shivering, pale or blotchy skin, breathing fast/breathless, rash (anywhere on the body), very sleepy/difficult to wake, confused/delirious.
Someone with meningitis or septicaemia can get a lot worse very quickly.
If you suspect meningitis or septicaemia get medical help immediately:
Don’t assume it’s COVID. It might be COVID-19, but it could be meningitis. Call your GP or NHS24 on 111.
Go to your nearest accident and emergency department or dial 999 for an ambulance.
The Men ACWY vaccine is part of the childhood immunisations in the UK. For more information visit NHS Inform or contact them on 0800 22 44 88. If you are concerned about this issue, you can speak to your own GP, or Contact Us who can advise you on further sources of help and information.
Further information can be found at Meningitis Now or by calling 0808 80 10 388.
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