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Meningitis/meningococcal septicaemia is a very serious, life threatening disease. In recent months there have been increasing cases of the Group W strain of meningococcal disease in Northland and at the University of Otago last year we had increased cases of the Group B variant. We strongly recommend all students and particularly those living in residential colleges be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Historically, there are at least one or two cases of Meningococcal Disease among students at the University of Otago annually. Vaccination will provide good levels of protection (73-100%)

Please go to the link below for all the information regarding meningococcal disease and vaccines available.

Three vaccinations are required to protect against current circulating strains of meningococcal disease, one of which needs to be taken over a course of 2 months. If you are not able to have your vaccinations prior to arriving at the University of Otago, decide which vaccine(s) you will have, book your 15 min nurse appointment at Student Health and pay for your vaccine(s).

Current costs:

  • Meningitis B vaccine: $110 (each, course of 2 vaccinations)
  • Meningitis ACYW: $100
  • Nurse charge: NZ resident $10, International $40

Primary Schedule

We strongly encourage you to be fully vaccinated.

Most primary schedule vaccinations are fully subsidised for NZ residents. Some vaccines are also fully subsidised for International students.

When you are over 18 years of age, to be classified as fully vaccinated, the miniumum recommendations are as follows:

3 x Tetanus/diptheria (ideally with 1 x containing pertussis)
3 x Polio
2 x MMR (Measles, mumps rubella)
3 x HPV
3 x Hep B

Please refer to to find information about why, how and when we immunise as well as information about the vaccines.

If you wish to be vaccinated, please make a 30 minute appointment to see a nurse at Student Health at your convenience. It would helpful to bring any vaccination records you can obtain with you to this appointment.


Learn about Gardasil, our HPV vaccination programme