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Meningitis can often result in tragic death, deafness, loss of limbs, brain damage or other neurological disabilities. Sadly, those most affected include infants, adolescents and young adults. 

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Every second counts - if you are concerned about a friend or family member and think their symptoms may be meningitis, seek the advice of a medical professional immediately.

Symptoms of Meningitis

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Stiff Neck

Fever, possibly with cold hands and feet


Refusing feeds or vomiting


High pitched moaning cry or whimpering


Dislike of being  handled or fretful

Light Sensitivity

Neck retraction with arching of back

Drowsiness or Confusion

Blank & staring expression

Joint Pain

Child is difficult to wake, lethargic


Pale, blotchy complexion


PHARMAC widen access to ACWY vaccine
PHARMAC has announced the meningococcal ACWY vaccine will be available free from 1 December 2019 for young people in close living situations. The vaccination will be funded for an estimated...
World Meningitis Day Infographics
To help educate and raise awareness of meningitis, we are encouraging you to share the following infographics. These are also available on our Facebook page (uploaded separately) and each post...

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