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Meningitis can affect anyone, but the age groups most at risk of infection are;
Infants 6 to 18 months of age
Children under the age of 5 years
Adolescents and young adults
Elderly people (due to their declining immune function)
People with illnesses which affect the immune system.
Meningitis is a serious illness, however if the disease is diagnosed early and treated promptly most people make a complete recovery. Prompt treatment can mean the difference between life and death. (click here to go to symptoms of meningitis)
If you suspect meningitis, seek urgent medical advice.
Disclaimer - The Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand promotes the prevention, control and awareness of meningitis. It is not a professional medical authority. The text on this website provides general information about meningitis and septicaemia, not medical advice. It is not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of these diseases. Please consult your doctor to discuss the information or if you are concerned someone may be ill.
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