This article will provide you with the information on the signs and symptoms of meningitis.

All students and staff should be aware of the symptoms of meningitis and remain vigilant.


Preventing meningitis and septicaemia through vaccination

Students going to university or college for the first time, including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25, should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of or in the first few weeks of the academic year.


Signs and symptoms of meningitis are:

  • violent and severe headaches
  • high temperature/fever
  • vomiting
  • neck stiffness
  • dislike of bright lights
  • drowsiness/lethargy
  • joint pains
  • fits
  • a rash may appear


What to do if you are showing symptoms

If you, a friend, or relative are showing any of these symptoms you should immediately contact the doctor (GP) you are registered with (if not registered, contact any local surgery) or call NHS Direct 111.

If you are feeling extremely unwell then go immediately to the Accident and Emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital. If you have no access to transport then dial 999 for an ambulance.


If you have concerns about meningitis or need information call:

  • NHS Direct: 111
  • Meningitis Trust 24 hour line: 0845 6000 800
  • Meningitis Research Foundation 24 hour help line: 0808 800 3344

Further information on meningitis is available from the NHS website.

You can also get advice on minor ailments such as bugs and viruses, minor injuries and aches and pains from your local community pharmacy or chemist. For more information on pharmacists and when they might be able to help visit PharmacyFirst