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Meningococcal Disease

What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening infection. It is a term used to describe two major illnesses – meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These can occur on their own or more commonly both together. Most people will make a good recovery but at worst meningococcal disease causes very severe illness that can rapidly result in death. Septicaemia is generally more life-threatening than meningitis.

Meningococcal C disease can be prevented by vaccination. The Men C vaccine was introduced into the Irish infant immunisation schedule in October 2000. If you haven’t already had a Men vaccine, please contact the Student Health Centre.

Signs and Symptoms of Meningitis and Septicaemia

Meningitis and Septicaemia are not always easy to recognise, and symptoms can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all. In the early statges, the signs and symptoms can be similar to many other more common illnesses, like cold and flu.

Trust your instincts. If you suspect Meningitis or Septicaemia, get medical help immediately.


Meningitis Trust