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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Diseases Meningitis Meningitis is a rare disease, and it can be very serious. Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The disease may be mild, causing headache and fever. It can also be severe and even life threatening. Diseases such as chicken pox, mumps, and Hib can lead to meningitis. Make sure children have all recommended immunizations. From Hip on Health: Health Information for Caregivers and Families by Charlotte M. Hendricks. Published by Redleaf Press. COPYRIGHTED 15 MATERIAL