Recovering from childhood bacterial meningitis and septicaemia

“Your guide – Recovering from childhood meningitis and septicaemia” and “My Journal – Life after childhood meningitis and septicaemia" are resources which have been jointly produced by Meningitis Research Foundation and Meningitis Now.

The resources have been written to help families following hospital discharge in the UK.

Your guide

Your Guide provides in depth information about recovery and potential after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

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My Journal

My Journal provides a place for parents and children to keep a personal record of the illness, recovery and follow-up care.

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You can order a copy of My Journal by emailing us with your name and address and telling us a little about who it's for.

Your Guide in Ireland

As health services differ in Ireland from the UK, we've created a version of Your Guide especially for Irish readers. However, like the UK version, there's plenty of good information on recovering from childhood bacterial meningitis and septicaemia wherever you are in the world.

Ben and Christine Etheridge talk to Meningitis Research Foundation. Ben, contracted Group B meningococcal disease (meningitis and septicaemia) at the age of three and is coping with the after effects of the disease

Janine's son contracted pneumococcal meningitis

Serious and long-term after effects

We're building up a library of more detailed information about the after effects of meningitis and septicaemia. Current library items are identified by active links.

If you can't find what your looking for, do please get in touch by calling us on Freefone helpline 080 8800 3344 or emailing

After effects specific to septicaemia:

Additional topics

My Journal – Extra notes pages

My Journal is divided into six different sections. Within some of these sections there are notes pages for you to fill in. Extra copies of these notes pages are available for download here:

Personal details and recordsHospital discharge and follow-up
After follow-up
Continued care and appointments