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Meningococcal meningitis is the most aggressive kind of meningitis.

What are the symptoms of meningococcal meningitis and sepsis?

Meningococcal meningitis and sepsis are often misdiagnosed because early symptoms are similar to the flu, including headache, fever, and nausea. The disease can progress quickly, and symptoms may also include neck stiffness, confusion, and sensitivity to light, as well as a rash. Once symptoms begin, immediate medical treatment is critical. Even then, long-lasting side effects or death can occur.1,2

Symptoms in infants may be absent or difficult to detect

Some symptoms of meningococcal meningitis include when the infant3-7

Symptoms in children, adolescents, and adults can resemble the flu

Some symptoms to watch for include:5-7

If you think that you or your child has symptoms of meningitis, get medical help immediately.

Please keep in mind that some, or all, of the symptoms may or may not be present, and they can appear in any order.