The Ministry of Health has been working closely with Northland DHB and primary care providers, ahead of the announcement of the launch of a targeted vaccination programme to control an outbreak of meningococcal disease.
The Ministry’s Director-General of Ashley Bloomfield and Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay have both appeared at a media briefing at the Beehive to speak in support of the urgent launch.
This MenW strain has a high mortality rate and tragically has killed three people Northland this year. So far 29 people have contracted MenW nationwide in 2018 (more than twice as many as in 2017), including seven in Northland.
The vaccinations will begin next month, targeting Northland residents who are aged 9 months to four years (inclusive), and those aged 13 to 19 years (inclusive).
Northland District Health Board plans to start a three-week community vaccination programme on 5 December in selected high schools and community centres.
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