What is Meningitis B?
Meningococcal infections can be extremely serious and cause meningitis and blood-poisoning (septicaemia). This can lead to severe brain damage, amputations and even death.
There are currently around 600 cases of Meningitis B every year in England and Wales, causing around 30 deaths, mainly among children and teenagers. What are the symptoms to look out for in young children?
- High fever with cold hands and feet
- Vomiting and refusal to feed
- Becoming drowsy, floppy and unresponsive
- Grunting or breathing rapidly
- An unusual high-pitched or moaning cry
- A tense, bulging soft spot on their head
- A stiff neck and dislike of bright lights
- Convulsions or seizuresClick here for more information