Northland Community Meningococcal W Vaccination Programme


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- Building Herd Immunity -  Wednesday 5 December 

- Building our whole populations immunity - Saturday 1 December


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Consent form (fill in, sign and bring along to the clinic)

Frequently Asked Questions 

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Updated 11.30 - Wednesday 12 December

Make sure you keep an eye on the Finding a Clinic page - we have added two new clinics that Ngāti Hine Health Trust are providing next week - Kawakawa and Moerewa.  

Updated 9am - Tuesday 11 December

After yesterday we have reached 5112 people who have been vaccinated at a community MenW vaccination clinic across Northland.

Great work everyone and thank you community - the clinics are on for another 11 days - go to the link above to find out where a clinic is near you.

Updated 3.00 PM - Monday 10 December

After five days of the community MenW vaccination clinics 3786 people have been vaccinated. This week there are many more clinics across Northland - go Finding A Clinic    for more information.  It is really important that all children in the target groups are vaccinated - if you know somone whith a young family or young people 13 to under 20 years please remind them to be vaccinated.

We have also updated the FAQs with the questions you have asked during the last week.

Updated 3.00 PM - Wednesday 5 December

Thank you to everyone who came to the community MenW vaccination clinics today. We know many of you had to wait a long time so we really appreciate your patience. We have had quite a lot of feedback and there are a couple of things we think you might find helpful

• Here is a link to the consent form which you can fill in, sign and bring in with you when you come
• Please make sure you have water and sunscreen – and if there is a long wait you will also need food and nappies to help keep your child comfortable.

The Whangarei clinic is closing at 4 PM today because there are so many people waiting.
Remember, the Whangarei clinic is on for the next 2 1 /2 weeks including Sunday so consider when will be best for you to come.

 

Updated 10.00 AM - Wednesday 5 December

Building Herd Immunity

For the parents of children aged 5 to under 13 years, we sincerely understand your concerns about them not being able to receive the free meningococcal vaccine at this time.

We want to reassure you that what we are doing with the limited amount of vaccine doses available to us in Northland will help protect your children (aged 5 to13 years).

Vaccine stocks are limited, both nationally and internationally.  New Zealand has purchased the 20,000 doses that are available immediately and Northland has been given these doses for the most vulnerable in our community.

Therefore we are vaccinating those most at risk from the disease and also those most likely to carry the disease and infect others.

These two groups are children aged from 9 months to under 5 years and those aged 13 to under 20 years who are Northland residents.

In other words, vaccinating these age groups will help protect all the people in Northland, also known as herd immunity.

We are targeting children under 5 because this is the population that is generally most affected by meningococcal disease.  Vaccinating this age group will protect them from getting meningococcal disease. The vaccine cannot be given to babies under 9 months.

We’re targeting 13 to under 20 year olds because this is the age group that generally carries the bacterium that causes the disease.  Even if they have no symptoms, carriers can infect those around them.  Vaccinating this age group will lower the number of carriers in Northland and stop the spread of meningococcal disease across the entire community.  

If you have any questions please phone 0800 600 720 – 8am to 8pm –to speak to a local Public Health Nurse.  

It is important to seek medical help immediately if you or your child have any of the symptoms of meningococcal disease by contacting your local accident and medical or ED department, your GP or Healthline 0800 611 116. Symptoms of meningococcal disease include fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, rash, drowsiness or irritability.

Men W may not have the traditional symptoms of meningococcal disease described above. As a result, it is important to seek medical attention if you or your child feels very sick. 


Updated 7.30 AM – Saturday 1 December

Sadly a 12 year old from Northland passed away on Thursday and our thoughts are with the family and friends. We want to confirm that the diagnosis was NOT meningococcal and the death has been referred to the coroner.  

We do understand that people are worried however sharing incorrect information can cause a lot of harm so please be careful.  The best thing you can do is make sure you understand how best to protect your children and what is being done by the public health team to achieve this. 

Meningococcal W vaccine stocks are limited, both nationally and internationally. Pharmac have sourced 20,000 doses, which is all coming to Northland.  10,000 doses have arrived and the remaining 10,000 doses are on route.  

So what do we do to best protect our community with the limited Meningococcal W vaccine available?   

We focus on building our whole populations immunity.   

To do this we are vaccinating those most at risk from the disease and also those most likely to carry the disease and infect others.

These two groups are children aged from 9 months to under 5 years and those aged 13 to under 20 years who are Northland residents. 

We are targeting children under 5 because this is the population that is generally most affected by meningococcal disease. As a result, vaccinating this age group will protect them from getting meningococcal disease. The vaccine cannot be given to babies under 9 months. 

We’re targeting 13 to under 20 year olds because this is the age group that generally carries the bacterium that causes the disease. Even if they have no symptoms, carriers can infect those around them.  Vaccinating this age group will lower the number of carriers in Northland and stop the spread of meningococcal disease across the entire community.   

In other words, vaccinating this age group will help protect all the people in Northland. 

We know that general practice are doing what they can to source private doses of the vaccine which could be given to children aged between the ages of 5 and 13 years. There will be a cost so please discuss this with your health professional.  

To ensure that we build our whole communities immunity, which would help protect the 5 to 13 year olds, please have your children aged from 9 months to under 5 years and those aged 13 to under 20 years who are Northland residents, vaccinated at the free community clinics.

Meningococcal disease bacteria can be spread from person-to-person through secretions and respiratory droplets. Therefore, we recommend covering your nose or mouth when you sneeze or cough, and wash and dry your hands afterwards. Also, avoid sharing eating or drinking utensils, toothbrushes and pacifiers. 

Updated 4 PM – Thursday 29 November

  • You can visit any of the Meningococcal clinics within Northland but you must be a Northland resident.
  • Please bring your Well Child Book, or Plunket book and NHI (if known)
  • Clinic venues have been selected in relation to the number of people enrolled in each area.
  • Please be aware that the main centres will be busy so plan for this and consider that the clinics are on over a 2 ½ week period 
  • Note: You will be required to wait 20 minutes after the vaccination.
Who can be vaccinated?

We will vaccinate children aged from 9 months to under 5 years and those aged 13 to under 20 years who are Northland residents.

Why are we only targeting under 5s (9 months to 4 years of age more exactly) and 13 to under 20-year-olds?

We are targeting children under 5 because this is the population that is generally most affected by meningococcal disease. As a result, vaccinating this age group will protect them from getting meningococcal disease. The vaccine cannot be given to babies under 9 months.

We’re targeting 13 to under 20-year-olds because this is the age group that generally carries the bacterium that causes the disease. Even if they have no symptoms, carriers can infect those around them. Vaccinating this age group will lower the number of carriers in Northland and stop the spread of meningococcal disease across the entire community. In other words, vaccinating this age group will help protect all the people in Northland.

 

What is Meningococcal W?

Meningococcal disease bacteria can be spread from person-to-person through secretions and respiratory droplets. Therefore, we recommend covering your nose or mouth when you sneeze or a cough, and wash and dry your hands afterwards. Also, avoid sharing eating or drinking utensils, toothbrushes and pacifiers.

Meningococcal disease can progress very quickly and may initially appear as a flu-like illness. 

With the flu season coming to an end it is important that anyone who has flu-like symptoms, especially high fever and muscle aches or meningitis symptoms, seeks medical advice quickly.

Meningococcal disease is one of the most difficult to diagnose as patients often present with a range of symptoms, such as headache or fever that are consistent with a number of other illnesses.  

People need to be aware of the symptoms of meningococcal disease.  The vaccine that will be given in Northland provides protection against four strains of meningococcal disease (A, C, W and Y) but not for the B strain, which is also common in New Zealand.  

If you notice any of the symptoms of meningococcal disease or have any other concerns, contact your doctor without delay – or call Healthline free on 0800 611 116 at any hour of the day or night, even if you have already been seen by a health professional. 

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Week 2 (10 - 16 Dec)

Latest clinic schedule

  

Week 3 (17 - 21 Dec)

 

Useful Links

Additional information about meningococcal - Ministry of Health

The Immunisation Advisory Centre 

 

 

 

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