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Meningitis - adults get it too
Many people unfortunately still believe that meningitis only affects babies and young children, which alarmingly puts lives at risk
Who is at risk?
Meningitis is often thought of as a disease that only affects babies and young children. But the truth is that meningitis can affect anyone of any age, with the risk increasing in older adults as our immune systems weaken as we get older.
To find out more about meningitis in adults, please download an awareness pack or request a printed copy.
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What is meningitis?
The most common causes of meningitis are bacteria and viruses.
Bacterial meningitis can be fatal and needs rapid admission to hospital and urgent medical treatment. Whilst most people will make a good recovery, around 10% will die and some will be left with life-long disabilities.
Viral meningitis is very rarely life-threatening, but can still make people very unwell. Most people will make a good recovery, but recovery can be slow.
Some bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning). Find out more about the after-effects of meningitis and septicaemia.