Meningitis can be caused by a number of differentinfections, so several vaccinations offer some protection against it.
Children should receive most of these as part of the NHS vaccination schedule. Speak to your GP if you're not surewhether your or your child'svaccinations are up-to-date.
The meningitis B vaccine isa new vaccine that offers protection against meningococcal group B bacteria, which are a common cause of meningitis in young children in the UK.
The vaccine isrecommended for babies agedeight weeks, followed by a second dose at 16 weeks, and a booster at one year.
Meningitis can sometimes occur as a complication of these infections.
The vaccine is usually given to babiesat one year of age. They'll then have a second dose when they're three years and four months old.
The meningitis ACWY vaccines offers protection against four types of bacteria that can cause meningitis meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y.
Young teenagers, sixth formers and "fresher" students going to university for the first time are advised to have the vaccination.
Read about meningitis, an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Find out about the symptoms, vaccines and treatments.
Read about the main symptoms of meningitis, including the meningitis rash, and find out when and where to get medical advice if you have any concerns.
Read about the main causes of meningitis and how the infection is spread.
Read about how meningitis is treated, including what tests may be needed and whether treatment is hospital will be necessary.
Read about the main risks associated with meningitis, including hearing loss, loss of limbs, and problems with memory or concentration.
Read about the different vaccines that can help prevent meningitis and when they're usually given.
Read the story of Tracey Chambers, whose daughter Courtney was diagnosed with meningitis septicaemia.
Read the story of Mary Baron and her grandson Kyle, who developed bacterial meningitis during a holiday in Tenerife.