When pneumococcus bacteria cause meningitis it is called pneumococcal meningitis. This is when pneumococcus bacteria infect the lining of the brain and spinal cord and cause swelling.
In the early stages, you usually feel unwell, with fever, headache and vomiting, just like a cold or flu.
- stiff neck
- eyes being more sensitive to light (photophobia)
In pēpi meningitis may cause poor eating and drinking, low alertness, vomiting, and a high-pitch cry. Small pēpi may become unable to settle and dislike being held. They may have a bulging fontanel (the soft spot on the top of your baby’s head).
About 1 in 12 tamariki and 1 in 6 older adults who get pneumococcal meningitis die of the infection. People who live may have long-term problems, such as hearing loss or developmental delay.