Most people make a full recovery from meningitis, but it can sometimes cause serious long-term problems and can be life threatening.


Meningitis is inflammation of the lining around your brain and spinal cord. It can be very serious if not treated quickly.


Symptoms of meningitis include being sick, a headache, a stiff neck and a dislike of bright lights. You may sometimes get a rash.


Vaccinations can protect you against some types of meningitis.


Meningitis is usually treated with antibiotics in hospital. Treatment should start as soon as possible.

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