• Northland Outbreak

    Shona Whitehead led a fundraising effort to raise funds for the meningococcal vaccine @ Northland’s Hikurangi Primary School. The free vaccination programme to control the Northland outbreak of the W strain was for students under five years or between 13 and 19. Many of the school’s students weren’t eligible as most fell outside the age […]

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  • Phillippine Cases

    Two toddlers, both girls were brought to Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital (RMMMH) showing meningococcemia symptoms then transferred to San Lazaro Hospital in Manila where they died. Meningococcemia (blood infection) and meningitis are common types of meningococcal diseases caused by the Neisseria Meningitidis bacteria that could kill the affected within hours. Some of the symptoms […]

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  • World Meningitis Day

    Siân Liddle from Bingham, is sharing her story to help raise awareness of World Meningitis Day (April 24), which focuses on ‘Life After Meningitis’ and to support her charity Meningitis Now.  Siân fell ill with meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in 1995 when she was only two years old. Initially a viral infection was diagnosed and […]

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  • Bad Advice

    Greg, a father who lost his baby son to deadly meningococcal meningitis  blasted boxer Anthony Mundine’s anti-vaccination comments. “Mundine wrote on Facebook and Twitter: “Don’t vaccine your kids period! The government bully you into vaccine (SIC) Do your research on the s*** & watched the documentary vaxxed.” Greg said, “My wife’s a nurse and my […]

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  • Student Dies

    A second-grade student at Saegert Elementary School, Killeen has died from bacterial meningitis. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services the student who died reportedly had pneumococcal meningitis which is typically more common and less severe than meningococcal meningitis, which is caused by a different bacteria. The state health department said, “131 people […]

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  • Spokane Case

    A case of meningococcal meningitis is being investigated by the Spokane County health officials in Sacajawea Middle School involving a female student. Dr. Bob Lutz, SRHD health officer said, “We make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and if close contact occurred—where saliva droplets may have been shared—we recommend these individuals look for […]

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  • Sneaky Killer

    Montreal’s Marianopolis College student died after her 18th birthday celebration of meningococcal infection. She got sick her birthday party and had to leave the event early. Student Ambro Kanawati.said, “It was her birthday and she was drinking, then she started vomiting and everyone thought that she was vomiting because she drank too much, but it […]

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  • “Fake” Vaccine

     Niger health authorities said, “they had found a fake version of a meningitis vaccine after launching a vaccination campaign to inoculate 5 million children against the disease”.  The Ministry of Public Health Dr. Idi Illiassou Mainassara said the bogus vaccine, Mencevax ACWY, had been discovered during a “routine inspection” in the Niger capital city of […]

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  • Louisville Blues

    An undergraduate student of the University of Louisville (UofL) has been diagnosed and hospitalized with meningococcal meningitis. The student is in good condition, resides in a UofL residential hall with a roommate who has not shown symptoms of the disease and is being treated prophylactically. Bacterial meningitis is best prevented by these two vaccines. Both […]

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  • Community Effort

    Many families in the Hikurangi community were on high alert after the death of a local girl of meningococcal W last year. Many people could not afford to pay to immunise children so Shona Whitehead has set a goal to raise $20,000 by the end of April so children at Hikurangi School who are not […]

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