Publications

We produce an extensive range of free materials for:

  • the general public
  • people affected by meningitis and/or septicaemia
  • health professionals in primary care
  • health professionals in the hospital setting
All the materials have been developed in consultation with experts in the respective fields and have been pre-tested or evaluated by the specific group at which the resource is aimed.

Many of our materials have been produced as a direct result of research funded by MRF, and are reviewed and updated regularly.

If you are from the UK or Ireland you can order printed versions of these materials online through our resource centre or you can download them by clicking on the name of the resource from anywhere in the world.

Note that, unless other stated, these resources were written for a UK or Irish audience and therefore reflect the health services and systems in those countries, although the symptoms remain the same wherever you are.

Information for the general public



Symptoms Alert!

For: The General Public 

A3 poster to help identify the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia in all age groups.

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Meningitis and Septicaemia: Know the Symptoms

For: The General Public

A3 poster to help identify the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia in all age groups.

Meningitis Baby Watch

For: Parents and other carers of babies and very small children

Babies have a higher risk of meningitis than any other age group.

This award winning pictorial representation of symptoms assists parents and other carers to recognise meningitis and septicaemia in babies and too young to explain how they are feeling.

Updated from the largest current national study of meningitis in newborn, funded by MRF.

Tot Watch

For: Parents and other carers of toddlers and young children under five years of age

The under fives are the most vulnerable age group. This leaflet explains the early symptoms: limb pain, cold hands and feet, and pallor as well as more severe symptoms and the tumbler test.

Race Against Time

For: All

A symptoms leaflet addressing myths about meningitis and septicaemia.

Symptoms cards

For: All

Straight forward list of meningitis and septicaemia symptoms which fit handily into a wallet or purse - credit card sized

Student Poster

For: Young people 15 - 25

Teenagers and young adults are the next most at risk age group after the under 5s.

This poster raises awareness of meningitis and septicaemia and their symptoms. 

Information for people affected by meningitis and septicaemia



Support for You

For: People affected by meningitis and septicaemia

Leaflet describing how MRF can help you or your patients after a case of meningitis and septicaemia.

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Meningitis and septicaemia: What happens next?

For: People dealing with the after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

This booklet gives information about potential after effects and was written with the help of health professionals representing the range of disciplines involved in looking after people recovering from meningitis and septicaemia.

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Your guide - Recovering from childhood meningitis and septicaemia

For: Parents and carers of children dealing with the after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

Jointly produced with Meningitis Now, this booklet has been written to help families following hospital discharge in the UK and provides in depth information about recovery, aftercare and potential after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

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Living with bereavement

For: People bereaved by meningitis and septicaemia.

A leaflet about helping to cope with the death of someone important in your life.

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Information for health professionals working in primary care



Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia guidance notes: Diagnosis and treatment in General Practice

For: General Practitioners 

Endorsed by: BMA, IGCP

A booklet to help in the recognition of meningococcal disease, particularly in the early stage, emphasising key factors to identify severely ill patients.

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Vital signs, vital issues

For: Community practitioners

Endorsed by: RCN

A booklet to assist with early recognition of meningitis and septicaemia; to inform about meningitis vaccines and the diseases they prevent, and to help practitioners reassure parents about vaccine safety.

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Information for health professionals in the hospital setting



Lessons from research for doctors in training: recognition and early management of meningococcal disease in children and young people

For: Junior Doctors

Endorsed by: RCPCH and the College of Emergency Medicine 

A booklet to help doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia.

Research funded by Meningitis Research Foundation established that a few clinical errors repeatedly led to delayed or inadequate treatment of children with meningitis and septicaemia, often with devastating consequences. 

The booklet uses individual case histories as a basis for group discussion and learning. The clinical management points are based on the good practice guide Management of Meningococcal Disease in Children and Young People.

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Management of Meningococcal Disease and Bacterial Meningitis in Children and Young People

For: Doctors in A&E, PICU, Paediatrics and General Medicine

Endorsed by: RCPCH

Two posters updating the original St Mary's/MRF protocol 'Early Management of Meningococcal Disease' in line with NICE guideline CG102.

Use of the original protocol at the St Mary's unit reduced the meningococcal disease death rate from 23% to 2% over a five year period. It was further validated by a national UK study funded by the charity, showing that children managed in line with this protocol were more likely to survive than those who were not.

Both these algorithms feature 'How to' detail for busy doctors, including drugs and dosages for intubation, administration of inotropes and managing raised intracranial pressure.

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There is also an interactive e-learning tool version that enables doctors to learn from real cases of meningitis and septicaemia. It is based on a nationwide study, funded by the Foundation, that showed us where doctors make errors in diagnosis and management. 

Integrating text, video clips, clinical photos, sound files, charts, and illustrations, it allows the user to evaluate steps in the diagnosis and management of each case presented.

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Early recognition of meningitis and septicaemia: Vital signs for frontline nurses

For: Frontline Nurses (Triage)

Endorsed by: RCN, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation

This card focuses on the measurement of vital signs to detect the underlying symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.

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Bacterial meningitis and septicaemia in children: A discharge checklist

For: Doctors in A&E, PICU, Paediatrics and General Medicine.

This checklist has been developed in consultation with clinicians with many years' experience of treating and following up children after bacterial meningitis and septicaemia.

It incorporates NICE CG102 and QS19 and can be filed in the patient’s notes, allowing the clinician to document that recovery information has been relayed to families and appropriate assessment and review procedures have been followed.

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Early management of suspected bacterial meningitis and meningococcal sepsis in immunocompetent adults

For: Doctors in A&E, Critical Care, Infectious Diseases and General Medicine

The algorithm focuses specifically on minimising delays in diagnosis and administration of antibiotics, appropriate use of monitoring, investigations, critical care facilities and management of the complications of the disease, primarily shock and raised intracranial pressure. As most adults with bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia present to clinicians with little experience of these conditions, the algorithm aids early recognition, stabilisation and institution of specific therapeutic measures, which are crucial to patient outcome.

Vital signs, vital issues

For: Community practitioners

Endorsed by: RCN

A booklet to assist with early recognition of meningitis and septicaemia; to inform about meningitis vaccines and the diseases they prevent, and to help practitioners reassure parents about vaccine safety.

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Meningococcal septicaemia: Identification and management for ambulance personnel

For: Ambulance Personnel

Endorsed by: Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

Card to help Ambulance Personnel identify and manage meningococcal septicaemia in patients they are transporting to hospital.

We are currently in the process of updating the UK version of this resource

Download the version for Ireland


Page last updated 05.07.17