PARENTS have been criticised for failing to be able to name three symptoms of meningitis.

When 3,235 were questioned in a survey, 8% could not name a single one while half were unable to list three symptoms.

Less than half could confirm their children were aware of the symptoms, yet an overwhelming 97% of parents agreed it was important for youngsters to be aware of the disease.

The survey was carried out for The Meningitis Trust and it was so concerned about the results, it has launched a new website to help parents and children to learn more about meningitis and its symptoms.

For details, visit For those who don't know, symptoms include fever, cold hands and feet, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, joint or muscle pain, drowsiness, confusion and also, in babies, dislike of being handled, pale blotchy skin, unusual cry and a blank staring expression.

Both adults and children may have a rash that does not fade under pressure. Symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.