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Meningococcal Disease and Vaccination

Friday 1 March 2019 11:46am

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%).

More information about meningococcal disease and vaccines

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. 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).

To make an appointment

Please contact our reception team on 0800 479 821.

Current costs:

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