Every SECOND counts. If you suspect meningitis, GET MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY. Call or see your doctor / Call an ambulance / Get to a hospital.

What Should You do

What Should You Do if You Suspect Meningitis or Septicaemia?

Trust Your Instincts and seek help right away:

  • See your GP immediately.

  • If your GP is not immediately available, see another doctor, or go straight to the nearest hospital Emergency Department.

  • If your doctor has reassured you but your symptoms continue, do not be afraid to contact your doctor or hospital again.

Remember, every SECOND counts.

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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