Meningococcal bacteria that causes the infection can enter the body more easily through the nose and throat during cold and flu season.
The bacteria can also spread from person to person when people spend time in close proximity indoors, through kissing, sneezing, coughing and sharing household items.
It is important for everyone to know the symptoms and for parents to trust their instincts because even a doctor may not be able to diagnose meningococcal meningitis in the early stages.
Around 3,200 people a year get bacterial meningitis. One in 10 die and many more are left with life-changing disabilities. The best way to prevent meningitis is vaccination.
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