• Life Lost

    The University of Canterbury community is mourning the tragic death of a student from meningococcal disease. Canterbury DHB medical officer of health, Dr Ramon Pink said, “Meningococcal disease is a fast-moving illness, which has symptoms similar to a number of other illnesses such as influenza.” If you suspect someone in your family may have meningococcal […]

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  • Vaccination Update

    To best protect children & teenagers at different stages of their development from preventable diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released an immunization timetable to outline when and how to vaccinate these young people. New guidelines have been issued for children who had previously received the MenACWY meningitis vaccine before the age of […]

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  • Cases Drop

    Two independent meningitis B studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The first study from the UK first national infant immunisation programme with Bexsero showed impact data. According to Public Health England, over a three year period the total number of meningitis B cases dropped 75%. Children who were not eligible for the […]

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  • New Protocol

    A new law taking effect this September designed to protect New Jersey college students against meningitis outbreaks were signed by legislators. The legislation, revises the requirement for residential students in four-year institutions of higher education to receive immunization against meningococcal disease. Such immunization protocol will now follow more stringent federal guidelines laid out by the Advisory Committee on […]

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  • First Case

    A student at Nazareth School San Diego, who tested positive for meningococcal disease, is undergoing treatment at a local hospital. The County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with school officials to identify all close contacts of the ill student to determine if they needed preventive antibiotics. Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public […]

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  • Risky Behavior

    According to a recent study data, the risk for invasive fungal disease is higher among smokers. Annabelle Pourbaix, of the Necker-Pasteur Center for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Paris, and colleagues wrote, “Smoking increases the risk for bacterial pneumonia and meningitis and second-hand smoke exposure is associated with increased risk for childhood invasive meningococcal disease.” Read the […]

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  • Fast & Deadly

    Ashleigh Hunter, a vibrant 26 years, suddenly died from meningococcal disease just days after Christmas. Ashleigh from Geraldton north of Perth, woke on December 27 feeling sick but thought she just had the common cold.  Her boyfriend got her cold and flu tablets, but the young woman quickly declined. She was taken to Royal Perth Hospital but died […]

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  • Best Defense

    Experts say Immunization is still the best defense your child has against diseases. There have been outbreaks of diseases in certain parts of the United States, leading to serious illnesses, after effects and sometimes death. Please contact your medical provider to make sure your children & yourselves are up-to-date on all the immunizations. Read the full […]

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  • Survivor Photos

    Australian-born and New York-based photographer, Anne Geddes said, “Life after meningococcal disease requires strength, determination and a spirit of overcoming. I wanted these images to capture the impact of the disease and celebrate the resilience of each of the survivors”. Anne became a global ambassador for Meningococcal Disease after witnessing a devastating outbreak in New […]

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  • Urgent Warning

    A Cottingham High School student has been admitted to hospital and that people who have been in close contact have been treated with antibiotics to prevent it from spreading. Meningitis can be spread by kissing, sneezing, coughing, and sharing utensils. Public Health England issues information, “Not all these symptoms need to be present in all […]

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