Jefferson University Hospitals


High fever, nausea, stiff neck and sensitivity to light are all symptoms of meningitis. If you suspect that you or someone in your family has these signs or symptoms, seek medical care immediately, as early treatment can prevent serious complications.

There are several different strains of meningitis: bacterial, viral, fungal and tuberculosis (TB). While some can be treated with antibiotics, other types can be deadly if not treated properly. Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection that invades the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF).

World-class neurologists at Jefferson are experienced in treating serious conditions like meningitis. You can take comfort in knowing that you will receive prompt diagnosis and treatment for this life-threatening and fast-developing infection. Your Jefferson medical team will work quickly to reduce the risk of complications and help you return to good health. More than 500 times a year, patients are transferred from other hospitals to Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience for access to our exceptional care, expertise and technology.

For the multidisciplinary care of your meningitis, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience's new state-of-the-art Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NICU) makes available the highest level of tertiary neuroscience care in the Philadelphia region. The NICU consists of full-time neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurointensivists (neurologists with critical care training) and specially trained nurses.

Making an accurate diagnosis

A lumbar puncture (also known as a spinal tap) is used to diagnose meningitis. Physicians at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience are experienced in using lumbar puncture in developing an accurate diagnosis for neurological conditions, such as meningitis, encephalitis, bleeding around the brain, certain cancers and inflammatory conditions of the nervous system, like multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience is the only hospital in the region dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions, and our physicians and researchers are on the leading edge of diagnosing and treating these serious conditions.

Travel Medicine Services

If you are planning to travel outside of the United States, consult with Jefferson's Travel Medicine Services team well in advance of your departure. Our specialists will advise you if the meningococcal vaccine is recommended for your destination, as some countries have large epidemics of meningococcal meningitis. You should receive the vaccine at least one week before departure.

Our services are comprehensive and convenient. Based on where you plan to journey, we can advise you of the precautions you should take and administer the needed vaccinations – all in one visit to our Center City office.

Make an Appointment

Although it's ideal to schedule your appointment six to eight weeks before your departure date, if you're leaving sooner, please don't assume you cannot or should not seek care.

Appointments for Travel Medicine Services are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. To schedule a consultation, please call 215-955-0860.

The Travel Medicine Office is located at 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 205, within the University Health Services Office in Center City Philadelphia.

Construction and Change of Entrance Notice

Due to construction at 833 Chestnut Street, patients being seen at this location will now enter the building nearby at 33 South 9th Street (entrance located around the corner on 9th Street). This will become the new permanent entrance for all Jefferson Health outpatient practices as well as the Jefferson Pharmacy and Outpatient Lab Services.

If you have any questions, please contact your healthcare provider office.