Signs and Symptoms

Meningitis and septicaemia can
strike fast with devastating effects

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS 
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR OWN OR SOMEONE ELSE’S SYMPTOMS – GET MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY

LOOK OUT FOR THE SIGNS

Early symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea,
muscle pain, stomach cramps and fever with cold hands and feet.

Symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.

Do not wait for a rash if other symptoms are present

STIFF NECK
SENSITIVITY TO BRIGHT LIGHTS
SEVERE MUSCLE PAIN
FEVER WITH COLD HANDS & FEET
CONVULSIONS
/ SEIZURES
CONFUSION &
IRRITABILITY
STIFF NECK
PALE BLOTCHY SKIN WITH SPOTS/RASH
VOMITING
DROWSY,
DIFFICULT TO WAKE


THE GLASS TEST

Press the side of a clear glass firmly against the skin.
Spots/rash may fade at first, but keep checking. 

A fever with spots/rash that DOES NOT FADE 
under pressure is a medical emergency.

CALL 999 IMMEDIATELY 
DO NOT WAIT FOR A RASH
IF OTHER SYMPTOMS ARE PRESENT


Teens for Tomorrow works in association with Meningitis Now as a signposting
organisation to ensure young people know the facts around meningitis and septicaemia.

Teens for Tomorrow is not a medical organisation and is not a charity.

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