Babies, toddlers and young children under five are the most at risk group for meningitis, with over 50% of all cases occurring in this age group
Meningitis can strike quickly and kill within hours. Make sure you know the signs and symptoms and seek urgent medical help if concerned.
As babies and toddlers can’t tell you how they are feeling, it can be easy to miss vital signs and symptoms of meningitis. Learn what to look out for, trust your instincts and seek urgent medical help if you are concerned. Read about how to perform the glass test
Why are babies and young children at risk of meningitis?
Babies and young children are particularly vulnerable to meningitis as they cannot easily fight infection because their immune system is not yet fully developed.
How can I protect my child?
There are several vaccines routinely offered for babies and young children in the UK, to help protect against some types of meningitis. However, there isn’t a vaccine to protect against all strains.
- For more information about the full Childhood Immunisation Programme please visit the NHS Choices Immunisation website.
- You can also sign up for a free vaccination reminder service at www.pfizervaccines.co.uk/reminder
Know the symptoms
Without vaccines for all types of meningitis, remaining vigilant is vital.
Concerned about meningitis?
If you think your child has meningitis or septicaemia, get medical help immediately.
- Trust your instincts – you know your child best.
- Describe the symptoms and say you think it could be meningitis or septicaemia.
- If you have had medical advice and are still worried, get medical help again
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