Be Vigilant!

Hawke’s Bay school nurse Caryn Williams is warning parents & young adults to be vigilant about the transmission and symptoms of meningococcal disease as the school year resumes!

“New Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) data shows the number of cases of meningococcal disease among Kiwi teenagers and young adults increased by 88 per cent over the same time last year”. Early symptoms can be difficult to diagnose but can progress quickly. Williams states, “There are numerous risk factors in these environments, including sharing of vapes and beverages, attending events with large number of people”. There are meningococcal vaccines available to get protected.

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