Meningitis signs and symptoms

There are certain bacteria that teenagers and students are at more risk from – they are known as meningococcal (Men) A, B, C, W and Y. These bacteria can cause meningitis.

Signs and symptoms

Not all symptoms may show at once but someone with this illness will become very ill. The illness may progress over one or two days but it can develop rapidly, sometimes in a matter of hours.

Find out what the signs and symptoms of meningitis are. 

If you recognise any of these symptoms contact your doctor urgently or call NHS 111.


The Men ACWY vaccination has been introduced for all 17-18 year olds and first year university students aged 19-25 to offer protection against this strain. Contact the Students' Health Service to find out if you're eligible for the Men ACWY vaccination.  

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