What are the symptoms of Meningitis B?

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes Credit: PA

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