• Re-vaccination Needed

    A new study “New Zealand Meningococcal Market Research 2019” commissioned by GSK, has found a lack of understanding about the need to vaccinate against the disease. New Zealand is heading into “peak season” for the devastating disease and it cannot be overlooked due to the coronavirus pandemic. Expert say, “People aged 13 to 29 who were immunised during […]

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  • Vaccine-preventable diseases

    Scientists are working diligently to come up with a vaccine to prevent the continuation of COVID-19 pandemic. There are many diseases though that we face in our lifetime that are vaccine -preventable. An example is Meningococcal Disease. It is a bacterial disease that can cause meningitis, an infection and swelling of the brain and spinal cord […]

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  • Tragic Loss

    Everett Halikas, an Arcata High School athlete was rushed to UCSF and died of a form of bacterial meningitis. Dr. Teresa Frankovich, Humboldt County’s Public Health Officer said, “his diagnosis is unrelated to COVID-19. This is a bacteria not a virus. Parents think about vaccinating, Meningococcal disease is a preventable disease.” Read the full article

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  • 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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  • School Alert

    Ashton-on-Mersey secondary school issued a warning to parents after a student was struck down with meningococcal disease. Public Health England say the bacterial infection can lead to both meningitis affecting the brain & spinal cord or septicaemia (affecting the blood). Many people can carry it without becoming unwell. The letter adds: “Please ensure your child […]

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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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  • Boston Cases

    Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacteria requiring close contact & is spread through saliva or spit. According to a joint statement from Mayor Marty Walsh and the city’s public health commission, “Both confirmed cases were linked to daycare centers with a focus on serving children who have experienced homelessness. Anyone known to have contact with […]

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  • Young & Fit

    Kelsey Davidson, 26 year old founder & teacher of Radical Step Dance Studio in Fendalton, Christchurch died after a “days illness”. She was passionate about the outdoors and often skied, hiked and made short dance films in nature across New Zealand. Meningococcal disease is a severe illness that can strike quickly. Ministry of Health data showed […]

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  • Potential Outbreak

    An outbreak of the meningococcal group W bacteria was declared in Northland last year, after three deaths from the virulent strain, and one death from an unknown strain. Northlanders have been warned to be aware of meningococcal disease symptoms as the “month of death- October” approaches. Symptoms could develop very quickly & early treatment is critical. Seek medical care […]

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  • Tragic Loss

    Fourth year medical student Zachary Gravatt died of meningococcal disease a decade ago at Auckland City Hospital on suspicion he had swine flu. Zac went to his GP with fevers, rigors, headaches and groin pain around lunchtime before being admitted to hospital around 1.43pm. Over the afternoon he quickly deteriorated but was not transferred to […]

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