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Signs & Symptoms

This symptom alert has been made with help from Meningitis Now and will help you to recognise the signs of meningitis so it can be diagnosed as soon as possible.

Meningitis symptom alert

Early symptoms can include:

Fever, headache, vomiting, muscle pain and fever with cold hands and feet.

Someone with meningitis or septicaemia can get a lot worse very quickly.  Keep checking them.

Trust your instincts - Get medical help immediately

Visit for more advice and information on meningitis.

Meningitis Now

Facing meningitis can feel like a lonely place. With our helpline, you are not on your own. Call specially trained staff.

0808 80 10 388 (9am-8pm 365 days)

Email: (Emails are  answered during office hours only)

Calls to our nurse-led helpline are free from landlines and mobile phones within the UK. To make sure everyone can contact us we have access to a telephone interpreting service for over 240 languages. If you have a hearing or speech impairment and use a textphone you can contact us using the prefix 18001. 

 If you have a question, but prefer to receive an answer in writing, you can send our helpline staff an email: (emails are answered within 2 working days).

Download the mobile app

These free apps for smart phones are like mini versions of the Meningitis Now website, with everything you need to know about meningitis at your fingertips

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