Download centre

We produce an extensive range of freely available materials for:

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.

You can order these materials online through our resource centre or you can download them by clicking on the name of the resource.

Note that, unless other stated, these resources were written for a UK audience and therefore reflect the health services and systems in that country.

Resources for the General Public

Symptoms poster

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

Meningitis Baby Watch

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

The under fives are the most vulnerable age group.

This award winning pictorial representation of symptoms assists parents and other carers to recognise meningitis and septicaemia in babies and very small children who cannot explain how they are feeling.
Meningitis Symptoms in toddlers

Meningitis & Septicaemia: 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 gives the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia in this age group, including the red flag symptoms.
Meningitis Symptoms

Race Against Time

For: The general public

A symptoms leaflet, which also addresses some of the myths that surround meningitis and septicaemia.
Student posters

Student poster

For: Young People (15 - 25)

Young adults are in the second most vulnerable group for contracting meningitis and septicaemia.

This resource presents a hard-hitting approach to raising awareness of meningitis and septicaemia, and the symptoms of the diseases.
Student posters

Student poster - MenC booster special

For: First year UK university students

With freshers being advised to receive an Meningococcal Group C (MenC) vaccine booster this poster gets the message across while also raising awareness of the symptoms for those forms of the disease which are not yet vaccine preventable.
Student posters

Student poster - MenC special

For: First year UK university students

Same message, different design. Get your MenC booster, Know the Sytmpoms.
Am I at Risk?

Am I At Risk?

For: People worried about the spread of meningococcal disease

Gives symptoms and addresses the concerns people have when there is a case of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in the community - nursery, school, workplace or local area.

Symptoms cards

For: The general public

Support resources for people affected by meningitis and/or septicaemia

Meningitis and Septicaemia - Support for You

For: Health professionals to give to patients and their families

The support available includes:
  • Offering a listening ear and support to anyone affected
  • Answering your questions and providing information
  • Helping you navigate the disability rights and benefits system
  • Putting you in touch with telephone befrienders who have been through a similar experience.
What Happens Next

Meningitis and Septicaemia - What Happens Next?

For: Families and individuals dealing with the after effects of meningitis and septicaemia and professionals involved with them.

Many people who recover from meningitis and septicaemia do so with after effects, which could be temporary, permanent, physical and/or emotional. The 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 patients recovering from meningitis and septicaemia.

Your guide – Recovering from childhood meningitis and septicaemia

Jointly produced with the Meningitis Trust. It 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. A journal, designed for keeping a personal record of your child’s recovery can be ordered alongside this resource by contacting our helpline on 080 8800 3344 or visiting our childhood recovery pagechildhood recovery page.
Livng with Bereavement

Living with bereavement: the way forward

For: People bereaved by meningitis and/or septicaemia.

Resources for health professionals in primary care

Diagnosis and Treatment in General Practice

Diagnosis and treatment in general practice: Meningococcal Meningitis and Septicaemia Guidance Notes

For: General Practitioners

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

You can also download a version of this booklet for Ireland
Vital signs, Vital issues

Vital signs, Vital issues

For: Community Practitioners

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.

Resources for health professionals in the hospital setting

Lessons from research for doctors in training

Lessons from research for doctors in training

For: Junior Doctors

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 (see below).

This third edition has been revised to incorporate the elements of NICE guideline CG102.

Management of Meningococcal Disease in Children and Young People

Management of Meningococcal Disease in Children and Young Adults

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

An update of 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.

Early Management of Meningococcal Disease in Children

Management of Bacterial Meningitis in Children and Young People

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

Accompanies the Early Management of Meningococcal Disease in Children protocol and based on the NICE Guideline CG102

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

Early Management of Meningococcal Disease in ChildrenBacterial 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.
Treatment protocol for adults

Early Management of suspected Bacterial Meningitis and Meningococcal Septicaemia 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.
Frontline nurses card

Early Recognition of Meningitis and Septicaemia:Vital Signs for Frontline Nurses

For: Frontline Nurses (Triage)

Focuses on the measurement of vital signs to detect the underlying symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.
Identication and Management of for Ambulance Personnel

Meningococcal Septicaemia: Identification & Management for Ambulance Personnel

For: Ambulance Personnel in the UK

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

You can also download a version of this information for Ireland


Jessica Martin
Meningococcal disease
Meningococcal disease at 24

I feel like we let him down

More stories