Seek urgent medical advice if you or someone you are caring for develop any of these meningitis danger symptoms:
If you are unsure what to do call Healthline 0800 611 116 or your doctor for advice.
Early signs include:
Even though you may feel tired or have aches, most symptoms are above the neck.
After a few days, snot usually becomes thicker and may turn a greenish or yellowish colour.
Muscle pain is uncommon.
Mild headache (congested sinuses).
Sometimes a cough.
Sudden onset of:
Dry cough may become moist.
Bed rest necessary.
Washing your hands frequently.
Covering your cough.
Influenza vaccine (free for those in high-risk groups).
Pneumonia – can be life-threatening
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