Matthew was three and a half when he contracted suspected bacterial meningitis in 2009. While...

About the Foundation

Meningitis can often result in tragic death, deafness, loss of limbs, brain damage or other neurological disabilities. Sadly, those most affected include infants, adolescents and young adults. 

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Every second counts - if you are concerned about a friend or family member and think their symptoms may be meningitis, seek the advice of a medical professional immediately.

Symptoms of Meningitis

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Children/Adult

 

Infants

Stiff Neck

Fever, possibly with cold hands and feet

Headache

Refusing feeds or vomiting

Fever

High pitched moaning cry or whimpering

Vomiting

Dislike of being  handled or fretful

Light Sensitivity

Neck retraction with arching of back

Drowsiness or Confusion

Blank & staring expression

Joint Pain

Child is difficult to wake, lethargic

Fitting

Pale, blotchy complexion

Announcements

World Meningitis Day Infographics
 We are only a few weeks away from World Meningitis Day 2019.  To help educate and raise awareness of meningitis, we are encouraging you to share the following infographics. These are also...
What vaccines are available in New Zealand?
Updated 31 March 2019. To help you understand what vaccines are available in New Zealand to protect against the main forms of meningococcal and pneumococcal meningitis, we have developed a...

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