Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial infection of the brain lining and is spread by nasal droplets.

  • Incidence varies seasonally
  • Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting and in severe cases shock and coma
  • Complications include short and long term brain damage
  • The death rate is about 10%
  • Two types of vaccines are available. One is now a routine NHMRC recommended vaccine. The other may be required for specific destinations for either health or legal purposes

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