Posted by Scott Edwards on 14 September 2018


What is Meningitis? Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. The most common symptoms are fever, headache, and neck stiffness. Other symptoms include confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light or loud noises. Young children often exhibit only nonspecific symptoms, such as irritability, drowsiness, or poor feeding. If a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash.

How meningitis is spread? The viruses and bacteria that cause meningitis can be spread through:

  • Sneezing
  • Couching 
  • kissing
  • sharing utensils, cutlery and toothbrushes

The infection is usually spread by people who carry these viruses or bacteria in their nose or throat but aren't ill themselves. The infection can also be spread by someone with meningitis, although this is less common. It is possible to get meningitis more than once.

If you want more information regarding Meningitis and how to be vaccinated, you can call and speak to our fully trained clinicians on 01252 519479 or visit our website to book a free consolation with the clinician.