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meningitis & septicaemia can kill in hours!

People who are faced with meningitis and septicaemia have to act fast to help save a life.

Alison Pack
MRF Helpline & Befriender Officer
Alison Pack

I can see the Foundation’s work is making a real difference.

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MeningitisWise is MRF's information and support services.

MeningitisWise is here for you if you need information about symptoms or vaccination, have a friend or family member who is ill with meningitis or septicaemia, need support after a case of meningitis or septicaemia or  if you are struggling with after effects or coping with a bereavement.

MeningitisWise is also here if you are dealing with a case in the community

Phone - free on 080 8800 3344 (UK), 1800 41 33 44 (Ireland)
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Twitter - @M_R_F


Our helpline is there for anyone who has been affected by or has concerns about the diseases.

After effects

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


Our telephone befriending network puts people who have recently been affected in touch with a trained befriender who has had a similar experience of the diseases.

Support from those who truly understand.

Home Visits

Visits to suit individual needs.


Membership offers you the chance to meet others with similar experiences, and build relationships to work together for a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.

Membership is free for people who have direct experience of meningitis and septicaemia.

Book of Experience

Contribute your story or read how others have been affected by meningitis and septicaemia.

Remembrance funds

A lasting tribute to your loved one

Useful links

Further help and support about bereavement or after effects.

Disability Rights and Benefits

Your guide to benefits, services and equipment in the UK and Ireland

Support for You
Download our Support for You leaflet or order copies online
Helen Charles
Meningococcal disease
Meningococcal disease at Son was 6 years old

Holding your child, not knowing whether they will wake up or not.

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Current research

Assessing children's memory and learning ability following hospital admission with septicaemia and meningitis. Emotional and behavioural problems in children after meningitis

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