There has been 29 cases of Meningococcal W strain so far in 2018 (twice as many as 2018), 7 of those in Northland. (source)
You can read the following links to make an informed decision to vaccinate your children. Although meningococcal disease is rare, it can be deadly.
There are two vaccines available:
- Bexsero was only recently launched in early November 2018, and only covers the B strain which is the main circulating strain in NZ, and needs two doses at $140 each)
- Nimenrix (covers the A,C,Y and W strains, which includes the current outbreak strain, and only needs one dose at $140). Nimenrix is currently out of stock with no ETA, but may be back in stock next week (week of 3rd December 2018).
- Menactra is currently out of stock (all stock going to the Northland vaccination programme)
To book a vaccine, you can call our nurses to make an appointment with them. You don't necessarily have to see a Doctor to have this vaccine (but a Doctor has to prescribe it in the background).
Main link for reading:
Bexsero vaccine information:
Nimenrix vaccine information: