The disease

Meningitis Research Foundation estimates that there are around 3,400 cases of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK and Ireland.

This means that every day nine people become ill with the diseases.  With one in ten people dying, a death will occur almost every day. A further two people will be left with life-altering after effects as severe as brain damage, deafness and multiple amputations.

The highest burden of meningitis in the world is in the Meningitis Belt of sub-Saharan Africa, where epidemics can strike up to a quarter of a million people in a single year, with tens of thousands of deaths.

Meningitis vaccines offer excellent protection, but they are not yet available for all forms. So it's vital to know meningitis symptoms and what to do if you suspect someone has meningitis or septicaemia.

What are meningitis and septicaemia?

Find out what causes meningitis and septicaemia

Symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia

Meningitis and septicaemia can appear separately or together and have different symptoms.

Learn the symptoms and how to perform the Tumbler Test - it could save a life.  


There are vaccines that protect against some forms of meningitis and septicaemia, but although these vaccines provide excellent protection, they can't prevent all types of the diseases.


The latest on the implementation of a vaccine against Meningococcal Group B in the UK

MenB in Ireland

The latest on the implementation of a vaccine against Meningococcal Group B in Ireland

Meningitis and septicaemia: UK facts and figures

Number and type of cases of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia in the UK

After effects

Information and help for those dealing with the physical and psychological after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to some of the most common questions and concerns regarding the disease.

Order Resources

Our range of award winning awareness information for the general public and health professionals can be ordered online here.

Useful links

Further information about meningitis and septicaemia.

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