Meningitis is a serious disease that strikes very quickly, but it can be prevented. Anyone can get meningitis. Lifestyle factors seem to link the disease to young adults. College students who live in dormitories or dorm-like settings are at an increased risk of contracting meningitis.
Meningitis is frequently misdiagnosed because its symptoms are much like the symptoms of the flu or migraine. Symptoms of meningitis include sudden high fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and discomfort looking into bright lights. In some people, a rash may appear after the disease has taken hold. Other people may experience seizures.
Symptoms can progress very quickly. If any of these symptoms are present and are sudden and severe, don't wait! Seek medical help immediately. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.