• 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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  • Additional Protection

    Children starting secondary school in September are to be offered a new meningitis vaccine, MenACWY. The vaccine is aimed at providing additional protection against meningococcal C and other types of meningococcal disease -W and Y- that have increased in Ireland in the past few years. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said, “All parents are encouraged […]

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  • Vacation Nightmare

    Lilliana seven-month-old @ the time her family went on a dream vacation to Phuket, Thailand. Her mom, Elisha Robinson said,“I couldn’t believe it. She was well and happy in the morning and dying by lunchtime.” Liliana came down with a slight fever, taken to a local hospital to get checked out but just four hours […]

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  • Don’t Give Up

    In November 2008, Jamie was hanging with friends on campus in Austin, Texas but 14 hours later ended up in the emergency room after she developed flu-like symptoms. She was diagnosed with meningococcal disease, an uncommon but aggressive infection that, within 24 hours of onset of symptoms, can be fatal or cause life-long disability. In […]

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  • Full Coverage

    New Jersey law currently requires that college students be vaccinated against meningitis ACW & Y which has been available for decades. In December, NJ Assembly proposed a law that would require that college students in residence receive a vaccine for meningitis B. According to CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adolescents and young adults […]

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  • Get Vaccinated

    Aleisha Derham would have been celebrating her 25th birthday this week but instead her family is mourning her death.

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  • Camper Dies

    The 16 year old teenager, a senior student from Kerikeru HS, was at a St John youth camp on Motutapu Island when he was airlifted to hospital and died of meningococcal disease.

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  • Syracuse Case

    The Syracuse University student has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home.

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