Meningitis is a medical term for inflammation of the layer around the brain caused by bacterial infection. There are a number of strains of meningitis: A, B, C, W, X and Y.
How it is caught?
Meningitis is an 'airborne' disease and develops when bacteria enters the body, normally through the lining of the nose and throat.
What does it do?
Meningococcal Meningitis causes fever, intense headache, neck stiffness nausea and vomiting and if left untreated, septicaemia.
Can it be treated?
Yes – with high strength antibiotics.
Where is it?
Meningococcal bacteria are found across the globe, with particular strains more prevalent in specific countries
How is it prevented?
Vaccine – A course of two or three vaccinations, depending on the age of your child.
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