Suspected Meningococcal Disease

Suspected meningococcal disease

PHE Meningo

NICE fever guidleines

For prevention of secondary cases consult local public health team.

Transfer all patients to hospital immediately. IF time before hospital admission, and non-blanching rash, give IV benzylpenicillin or cefotaxime, unless definite history of hypersensitivity.

IV or IM benzylpenicillin


IV or IM cefotaxime

Age 10+ years: 1200mg

Children 1-9 yr: 600mg

Children ‚Äčless than than 1 yr: 300mg

Age 12+ years: 1gram

Child < 12 yrs: 50mg/kg

Give IM if vein cannot be found