Wednesday, 22 January 2020 1:13pm
A novel coronavirus first diagnosed in Wuhan, Hubei province, China has now been reported in other cities in China and other countries including Japan, Thailand, Korea, USA and Australia.
Person-to-person transmission has been confirmed. To date, there have been no cases in NZ.
It is a respiratory illness and standard airborne precautionary advice applies such as hand washing, covering the nose and month when sneezing, staying home if unwell, and seeking medical advice if symptoms persist.
For those students / staff arriving from countries where the illness has been confirmed we recommend they are advised to call Student Health, their GP/Nurse or Healthline if they become unwell. Do not present in person to a GP practice without calling first.
New Zealand will be putting in additional signage in Chinese for travellers arriving at international points of entry along with health advice cards when they become available.
We will be guided by the Ministry of Health and forward any updated information to staff and students when it becomes available. The latest
MoH release can be found at:
Student Health 0800 479 821
Monday, 20 January 2020 9:58am
Student will be closed on the following two days for clinical update days
Wednesday 22nd January 2020 - CLOSED
Wednesday 29th January 2020 - CLOSEDFor information about how to access healthcare out of hours please click here
Thursday, 9 January 2020 8:22am
Since late December there have been a few cases of Measles and Mumps identified in the Otago/Southland region. Student Health recommends that you check your vaccination status for the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine. If you haven’t had the recommended two MMR vaccine injections in your lifetime, then it’s a good time to get vaccinated. Your home GP’s practice or family members should be able to provide your vaccine information.
Student Health are currently prioritising giving the vaccine to those patients who have never had the MMR vaccine. We will schedule more clinics for students who have had 1 x MMR in the coming weeks as vaccines become available.If you require an MMR vaccination please call Student Health to book an appointment on 0800 479 821
Monday, 6 January 2020 1:05pm
Friday, 29 November 2019 12:33pm
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: immune.org.nz/resources/written-resources
- $110 (each, course of two vaccinations)
- NZ Residents 13-25 years entering college accommodation - Free
- Non NZ residents and those not entering college accommodation $100
- New Zealand resident $10
- International $40