​If you are concerned that you or someone you know has meningococcal disease, see a doctor, call 000 or go to your nearest Emergency Department immediately.

Meningococcal disease is a serious, sometimes fatal illness

  • Up to 10% of people with meningococcal disease die, even with rapid treatment.
  • It can affect anyone, but is more common in children under 5, and people aged 15-25.
  • Symptoms usually present suddenly and can get worse very quickly.
  • The characteristic rash does not always appear, or may appear late. Don't wait for a rash. See symptoms? Act fast.
  • Vaccination​ is the best way to prevent the spread.

 Read the meningococcal disease fact sheet


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Current as at: Monday 8 August 2022
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