After Effects

Most people make a full recovery from meningitis, but it can sometimes cause serious long-term problems and can be life threatening.

This is why it’s so important to get medical help as soon as possible if you think you or your child has symptoms of meningitis , and why meningitis vaccinations are offered to certain groups.

It’s estimated up to 1 person in every 2 or 3 who survives bacterial meningitis is left with 1 or more permanent problems.

  • Memory loss/lack of concentration/difficulty retaining information
  • Clumsiness/co-ordination problems
  • Headaches
  • Deafness/hearing problems/tinnitus/dizziness/loss of balance
  • Epilepsy/seizures
  • Weakness/paralysis/spasms
  • Speech problems
  • Loss of sight/vision problems
  • Memory loss/lack of concentration/difficulty retaining information
  • Clumsiness/co-ordination problems
  • Arthritis/joint stiffness
  • Scarring/skin damage
  • Amputations
  • Kidney damage
  • Lung damage

Additional treatment and long-term support may be required if you or your child experience complications of meningitis.

For example:

You may also find it useful to get in touch with organisations such as the Meningitis Research Foundation or Meningitis Now  for support and advice about life after meningitis.

The Meningitis Research Foundation has information on the after effects of meningitis in children .

This includes a guide to recovering from childhood meningitis and septicaemia.