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Funding changes to Mengitis ACWY vaccine

Friday, 29 November 2019 3:06pm

From 1st December 2019 Meningitis ACWY vaccine is fully funded for NZ residents aged 13-25 years entering college accommodation.

We strongly recommend all students, particularly those living in residential colleges, be vaccinated against meningococcal disease before coming to Dunedin. Historically, there are at least one or two cases among students at the University of Otago annually. Vaccination will provide good levels of protection (73-100%). Unfortunately there is not a single vaccine that covers all of these strains.

Three injections are required to provide optimal protection against current circulating strains of meningococcal disease: two of the meningitis B vaccine, which need to be at least four weeks apart, and one of the meningitis ACYW vaccine.

For information regarding meningococcal disease and vaccines available visit:

Current costs

Meningitis B:

  • $110 (each, course of two vaccinations)

Meningitis ACYW:

  • NZ Residents 13-25 years entering college accommodation - Free
  • Non NZ residents and those not entering college accommodation $100

Nurse charge:

  • New Zealand resident $10
  • International $40

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Looking after yourself and others after a traumatising event

Monday, 7 October 2019 11:45am

In the aftermath of this weekend’s tragic events here at Otago it is really important for us all to focus on looking after ourselves, our friends and our community. Attached is a resource that provides information around some of the things we all might be thinking and feeling in response to traumatic events and some solid advice about how we can take good care of ourselves and others.

Psychological Responses to Traumatic Stress - What to Expect

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Measles updates

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 2:39pm

Student Health Services is monitoring the regional and national measles outbreaks closely. This page has information for all students about the risk of measles and how to access free MMR vaccinations.