Effects of Meningitis

The bacteria only rarely give rise to meningococcal disease, but when they do infection spreads rapidly and is fatal in about 10% of cases. If disease is diagnosed early and treated promptly most people make a full recovery.

About 1 in 8 people who recover experience some long term effects. These can include headaches, stiffness in the joints, epileptic fits, deafness and learning difficulties.

Health worker preparing a meningitis vaccination
Health worker preparing a meningitis vaccination Credit: Press Association

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Parents warned over meningitis

With millions of children and students preparing to return to school in England and Wales, and with children already back in Scotland, doctors and campaigners are warning parents of a spike in cases of the potentially killer disease.