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Death rate for meningitis in Canada 2000-2018

The meningitis death rate in Canada has remained relatively stable since 2000, with minor yearly changes. According to the data, the death rate dropped from 0.2 per 100,000 population in 2011 to 0.1 in 2012. The same drop occurred in 2014 and 2015. Meningitis occurs when there is an inflammation of the meninges, the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.

Meningitis overview

There are two types of meningitis, bacterial and viral. However, other forms of meningitis can occur from fungal infections, cancers and allergic reactions. There is a vaccination against bacterial meningitis that is available in most countries, but vaccination coverage varies. In the U.S., for example, over 83 percent of adolescents have received a vaccination. Trends indicate that elsewhere in the world meningitis vaccination is improving. In China, the meningitis vaccination

Global meningitis and vaccination

Meningitis occurs worldwide and in many low and middle-income countries meningitis remains a serious public health concern. Within Africa the death rate from meningitis among adolescents is even higher than the death rates for HIV/AIDS and road injuries. However, within higher income countries, death rates from meningitis have decreased. Spain, for example, has seen a decrease in the number of annual deaths associated with meningitis from 2006 to 2017. Within Europe, France saw the highest number of deaths from meningococcal disease in 2017, followed by the United Kingdom and Poland.

Death rate for meningitis in Canada from 2000 to 2018

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

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