People with suspected meningitis will usually need to have tests in hospital and may need to stay in hospital for treatment.


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.

Page last reviewed: 08/03/2019
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