Meningococcal disease is a serious infection caused by Meningococcus bacteria. It can develop quickly, and it can be fatal. Learn about the bacteria and how it’s spread, common symptoms and when to seek medical attention.
Free meningococcal vaccine to help protect Australian teenagers
More than 1 million teenagers will get a free meningococcal vaccine over the next 4 years, once it's added to the National Immunisation Schedule in April 2019.
Meningitis can be a life-threatening illness requiring urgent medical treatment. Learn more about meningitis, including the common symptoms.
Contact tracing is a method used to slow the spread of infections by identifying people who have been in contact with an infected person.
What causes meningitis?
Meningitis is usually caused by viruses or bacteria. Occasionally it’s caused by parasites or fungi. Find out how these bugs are spread, the difference between viral and bacterial meningitis and the importance of immunisation.
Immunisation for your child
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children against certain diseases. Discover more about childhood vaccinations.
Learn about why vaccinations are important before you travel.