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NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia in children and young people that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 102.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are the parent or carer of a child or young person (under 16) who has, or is suspected to have, bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia.

No, if you are the parent or carer of a:

  • child or young person with known immunodeficiency (problems with the immune system's ability to fight infections)

  • a child or young person with brain tumours, existing hydrocephalus (also known as 'water on the brain') or who is having fluid drained from around their brain

  • newborn baby who is already receiving care in neonatal units.

Various aspects of wider management including complications are not dealt with.

For the remainder of this information, the term 'child' will be used to describe a child or young person under 16 years.

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