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Coronavirus (2019 - nCoV) - 22/01/2020

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:

Healthline: 0800 611 116
Student Health
0800 479 821

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Upcoming closures

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 - CLOSED

For information about how to access healthcare out of hours please click here

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Are you fully immunised against Measles and Mumps?

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

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Information about Health Science Screening

Monday, 6 January 2020 1:05pm

Click here for information & frequently asked questions about Health Science Screening for Professional courses

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Funding changes to Meningitis ACWY vaccine

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:

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