Meningitis can be hard to recognise in the early stages.
Symptoms can be similar to those of the common flu and can develop quickly, over a matter of hours.
The main symptoms to look out for are fever, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and drowsiness or altered consciousness. The signs and symptoms do not appear in a definite order and some may not appear at all.
This symptoms list does not include every possible sign and symptom of meningitis. Contact your local healthcare professional to ask about the most common symptoms in your country.
It’s important to know the warning signs and to get medical treatment fast. Until the cause of meningitis is known, it should be regarded as a medical emergency.
*Not everyone who contracts meningitis will get a rash. Don’t wait for a rash to appear before getting help.