The Meningitis Research Foundation is warning of an expected rise in the number of cases of meningitis and septicaemia over the festive season.
The charity is encouraging everyone to be aware of the symptoms and how early signs can be mistaken for flu.
MRF estimates that there are around 200 cases of meningitis and septicaemia every year in Ireland, and one in 10 people will die as a result of it.
The charity says some of the symptoms include fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell.
However, Dr Illona Duffy from Monaghan disagrees with the Meningitis Research Foundation about an increase in meningitis cases this winter.
Meningitis Research Foundation warns of a rise in the number of cases of meningitis and septicaemia this Christmas: