Meningococcal Meningitis and Meningococcemia are rare but serious infections caused by bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. Symptoms of Meningitis and Meningococcemia include a fever, feeling generally unwell, headache, vomiting, stiff neck and commonly a body rash.

This bacteria can be found in saliva and mucus and is spread from person to person by direct saliva contact. Meningococcal Meningitis and Meningococcemia are treated with antibiotics.

There are several vaccines available that protect against some strains of the Meningococcal bacteria, some of which are included in the routine child and community clinics vaccinations.

To learn about the vaccine administration, eligibility, consent forms and the community clinics vaccine schedule go to the Meningitis Clinic page.


For more information about the Meningitis vaccine and the disease and how to protect yourself, please refer to: