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Meningitis

Meningitis can be a life-threatening illness requiring urgent medical treatment. Learn more about meningitis, including the common symptoms.

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Meningitis treatments

People with meningitis will usually be admitted to hospital, although some people with viral meningitis can be cared for at home with close medical supervision.

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Meningitis symptoms

Trusted information on meningitis symptoms.

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What causes meningitis?

Meningitis is usually caused by viruses or bacteria. Occasionally it’s caused by parasites or fungi.

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Symptoms of serious illness in babies and children

If your child has a serious illness, it’s important to get medical attention as soon as possible. Learn how to recognise the symptoms and what to do.

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Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM)

Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), also called amoebic meningitis, is a rare, but serious disease that leads to inflammation of the brain.

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Meningococcal disease

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.

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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.

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Meningococcal infections

Trusted information about meningococcal infections from leading Australian health organisations, including links to content on meningococcal vaccines.

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Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is a dangerous infection, although the routine vaccination of babies has meant it is now rare in Australia. Learn more here.

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What causes epilepsy?

Epilepsy can be caused by anything that can damage the brain such as a head injury. Learn more about the different common causes for epilepsy.

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