Do You Know the Symptoms of Meningitis?

Jill Holtz

April 23, 2013


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As a parent of two girls, I do worry about Meningitis. Is there always a rash? How soon should I seek medical advice? If you’re not sure you know the symptoms of Meningitis, don’t miss this handy guide by age from ACT for Meningitis.

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Many people have heard of the Meningitis rash and know about a ‘glass test’, but did you know that a rash only appears in approximately 50% of Meningitis cases? Familiarise yourself with all the Meningitis symptoms below, because getting medical help early can help to save a life.

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Symptoms of Meningitis

Not all symptoms on the list below will be present, but the symptoms most concerning for Meningitis are highlighted below.

Remember, symptoms can appear in any order (or not at all) and vigilance is crucial.

meningitis symptoms card

Don’t Wait for the Rash…

  • The rash, commonly referred to as the Meningitis rash, does not disappear when a glass is rolled over it.
  • However, in many cases of Meningitis a rash may not appear at all.
  • If you have any concerns or suspicions do not wait for a rash to appear.
  • Most importantly, trust your instincts.
  • If you think it’s serious, get medical help immediately.

ACT for Meningitis

act for meningitis

Following the death of their 4-year-old daughter Aoibhe, Siobhan and Noel decided to set up ACT for Meningitis.

ACT stands for both the Aoibhe Carroll Trust, and also represents the three key messages Siobhan and Noel want to get across in relation to Meningitis:

  • A: Ask yourself could it be Meningitis
  • C: Contact your doctor; and most importantly,
  • T: Trust your instincts


For further information about ACT for Meningitis visit

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