Meningococcal C Immunisation campaign update

Press Release – Northland DHB

Northland DHB’s publicly funded meningococcal programme continues, aiming to vaccinate 85% of the 44,000 Northlanders aged 12 months to up to 20 years of age against Meningococcal C disease.
Media Statement

3 November 2011

Meningococcal C Immunisation campaign update
Northland DHB’s publicly funded meningococcal programme continues, aiming to vaccinate 85% of the 44,000 Northlanders aged 12 months to up to 20 years of age against Meningococcal C disease.

The immunisation programme was launched following a community outbreak of meningococcal C disease in the district. In consultation with the Ministry of Health, the District Health Board undertook the vaccination campaign to help control this outbreak and prevent more cases of disease.

To date, over 14,000 children and young people have been vaccinated either at their school, a community clinic or by their general practitioner. This is just over 37% of the target, with six weeks of the programme remaining. This has involved a major effort across the health sector, with general practice, school-based programmes and walk-in community and mobile clinics, which are proving very popular.

COMMUNITY CLINICS WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO TO BE VACCINATED
Clinics for week of 7-12 November below (Full schedules for next two weeks attached)

Monday 7 November
Kaitaia – Mobile Unit in the Warehouse Carpark, 5 Matthews Ave, Kaitaia – 9am-3pm
Kaikohe – Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe – 5 Marino Place, Kaikohe (Opposite New World) – 9am-3pm
Whangarei – Mobile Unit at Otaika Shopping Centre, Otaika Road, Whangarei – 9am-3pm
Dargaville – Mobile Unit outside Chemist, Lower Hokianga Road, Dargaville – 9am-3pm

Tuesday 8 November and Wednesday 9 November
Kaitaia – Mobile Unit in the Warehouse Carpark, 5 Matthews Ave, Kaitaia – 9am-3pm
Kaikohe – Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe – 5 Marino Place, Kaikohe (Opposite New World) – 9am-3pm
Whangarei
o Mobile Unit at Otaika Shopping Centre, Otaika Road, Whangarei – 9am-3pm
o Shop 4, The Strand, Whangarei – 10am-5pm
Dargaville – Mobile Unit outside Chemist, Lower Hokianga Road, Dargaville – 9am-3pm

Thursday 10 November LATE NIGHT UNTIL 6PM
Kaitaia – Mobile Unit in the Warehouse Carpark, 5 Matthews Ave, Kaitaia – 12pm-6pm
Kaikohe – Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe – 5 Marino Place, Kaikohe (Opposite New World) – 12pm-6pm
Whangarei
o Mobile Unit at Otaika Shopping Centre, Otaika Road, Whangarei – 9am-3pm
o Shop 4, The Strand, Whangarei – 10am-5pm
Dargaville – Mobile Unit outside Chemist, Lower Hokianga Road, Dargaville – 12pm-6pm

Friday 11 November
Kaitaia – Mobile Unit in the Warehouse Carpark, 5 Matthews Ave, Kaitaia – 9am-3pm
Kaikohe – Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe – 5 Marino Place, Kaikohe (Opposite New World) – 9am-3pm
Whangarei
o Mobile Unit at Otaika Shopping Centre, Otaika Road, Whangarei – 9am-3pm
o Shop 4, The Strand, Whangarei – 10am-5pm
Dargaville – Mobile Unit outside Chemist, Lower Hokianga Road, Dargaville – 9am-3pm

Saturday 12 November
Kaitaia – Mobile Unit in the Warehouse Carpark, 5 Matthews Ave, Kaitaia – 10am-2pm
Kaikohe – Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe – 5 Marino Place, Kaikohe (Opposite New World) – 10am-2pm
Whangarei – Shop 4, The Strand, Whangarei – 10am-1pm
Ruakaka – Mobile Unit at Bream Bay Town Centre, Ruakaka – 10am-2pm
Dargaville – Mobile Unit outside Chemist, Lower Hokianga Road, Dargaville – 10am-2pm

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterium (germ) Neisseria meningitidis. It can cause meningitis (infection of the membrane around the brain) or septicaemia (blood poisoning). It is a serious disease and can cause death or permanent disability, such as deafness.

The vaccine being used (Meningitec ®) has a very good safety record and has been widely used in Europe, UK and Australia since 1999. The vaccine does not contain live bacteria and it is not possible to get the disease from the vaccine. Only one dose is required to give protection in children over 12 months of age.

Meningococcal comes in different types such as B and C and the vaccine being offered to Northlanders is for meningococcal C disease. The vaccine provides protection after about 10 days. It is 90-95 per cent effective.

This vaccine is different from the MeNZB vaccine given in 2004-5 to control the Type B epidemic. MeNZB only protected against Type B and does not protect against Type C.

Dr Mills says meningococcal disease can be difficult to diagnose and anyone with symptoms should seek medical attention without delay, as early treatment is very important.
“If, despite earlier treatment, your condition deteriorates, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention again.”

If members of the public are concerned about meningococcal disease or believe they have been in close contact with a meningococcal case, they can talk to a public health nurse on the NDHB 0800 meningococcal information phone line – 0800 430 123.

This number is a Northland specific toll-free meningococcal line which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People can also get advice from Healthline (0800 611 116).
For more information on meningococcal disease, see:

• Ministry of Health http://www.moh.govt.nz/meningococcal.
• Immunisation Advisory Centre http://www.immune.org.nz/?T=665
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NORTHLAND DHB MENINGOCOCCAL SPECIFIC CASE INFORMATION

July Notification – Confirmed

10 Jul 2011 – 18 year old female – Meningococcal C
22 Jul 2011 – 18 year old male – Meningococcal C

August Notification- Confirmed
9 Aug 2011 – 1 year old male – Meningococcal C Death
11 Aug 2011 – 1 year old male – Meningococcal C
24 Aug 2011 – 45 year old female – Meningococcal B
25 Aug 2011 – 18 year old male – Meningococcal C Death

September Notification- Confirmed
04 Sept 2011 – 14 month old male – Meningococcal B
22 Sept 2011 – 15 year old male – Meningococcal C
22 Sept 2011 – 82 year old female – Meningococcal C Death

October Notification- Confirmed
07 Oct 2011 – 5 year old child – Meningococcal C
09 Oct 2011 – 2 year old girl – Meningococcal B
19 Oct 2011 – 12 year old girl – Meningococcal C

MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE BACKGROUND INFORMATION
(Ref IMAC http://www.immune.org.nz/?T=665)
What is meningococcal disease?
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection. It causes severe illnesses most commonly presenting as meningitis (an infection of membranes that cover the brain) and bacteraemia (blood infection), and less commonly pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the sac that contains the heart) and arthritis (swelling of the joints).
The most common strains of bacteria which cause meningococcal disease in New Zealand are Type B and C.

What are the symptoms of Meningococcal disease?
In the early stages meningococcal disease may look like influenza. It can progress quickly and can be difficult to diagnose. It is important to remember that not everyone will develop all the symptoms listed and they may appear in a different order. If an individual develops some of the symptoms listed, especially red or purple spots, get medical help urgently. If you can’t get in touch with the doctor, or are still worried after getting advice, trust your instincts and go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital.
In babies, the main symptoms of meningitis may include:
a high-pitched, moaning cry
irritable when picked up
a bulging fontanelle
drowsy and less responsive – difficult to wake
floppy and listless, or stiff with jerky movements
refusing feeds, vomiting
skin that is pale, blotchy or turning blue
fever

In babies, the main symptoms of bacteraemia may include:
rapid or unusual patterns of breathing
skin that is pale, blotchy or turning blue
fever with cold hands and feet
shivering
vomiting, refusing feeds
red or purple spots
pain or irritability from muscle aches or severe limb/joint pain
floppiness
severe sleepiness.

In older children, adolescents and adults, the main symptoms of meningitis may include:
a stiff neck (check that they can kiss their knees or touch their forehead with their knees)
a very bad headache
dislike of bright lights
vomiting
fever
feeling drowsy, less responsive and confused
a rash

In older children, adolescents and adults, the main symptoms of bacteraemia may include:
sleepiness, less responsive, vacant or confused
severe aches and pains in the arms, legs and joints
very cold hands and feet
shivering
rapid breathing
red or purple spots
vomiting
fever
diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

For further information about meningococcal disease visit the Ministry of Health website http://www.moh.govt.nz/meningococcal.

ENDS

Meningococcal C Vaccination Programme
Community Clinic Schedules
Whangarei and Kaipara Districts

DATE WHANGAREI KAIPARA
November 7th to11th

Shop 4 Strand Arcade, Cameron Street
Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm

Otaika Shopping Centre
Monday- Friday 9am-3pm

Dargaville, Outside Chemist,
Lower Hokianga Road

Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm
Thursday 12-6pm

Saturday 12th November Shop 4 Strand Arcade, Cameron Street
10am – 1pm

Bream Bay Town Centre
223 Marsden Point Road, Ruakaka
10am – 2pm

Dargaville Warehouse
149 Victoria Street, Dargaville
10am – 2pm
November 14-18th
Monday to Friday

Shop 4 Strand Arcade, Cameron Street
Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm

Whangarei Work Places
(to be confirmed)

Pipiwai – Friday 10am – 2pm

Mobile Unit – Kaipara Region
Monday 14 November
Tinopai – 9.30am – 11.30am
Arapoa – 1pm – 3pm

Tuesday 15 November
Ruawai – 9am – 11am
Matekohe – 11.30am – 1.30pm
Paparoa – 2pm – 4pm

Wednesday 16 November
Maungaturoto – 9am-3pm

Thursday 17 November
Kaiwaka – 9am-3pm

Friday 18 November
Oruawharo – 9am-11am
Kaiwaka – 12pm-3pm

Saturday 19th November Shop 4 Strand Arcade, Cameron Street
10am – 1pm

Onerahi Shopping Centre, Onerahi
10am – 2pm

Hikurangi Market, Hikurangi
8am – 12pm

Mid North and Far North Districts

DATES KAIKOHE KAITAIA
November 7th to11th

Monday to Friday
9am – 3pm

Thursday 12-6pm

Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe
Opposite New World, 5 Marino Place

Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm
Thursday 12-6pm

Kaitaia Warehouse
11 Mathews Avenue, Kaitaia

Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm
Thursday 12-6pm

Saturday 12th November
10am-2pm
Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe
Opposite New World, 5 Marino Place,
10am-2pm

Kaitaia Warehouse Car Park
11 Mathews Avenue, Kaitaia
10am – 2pm
November 14-18th Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe
Opposite New World, 5 Marino Place

Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm
Thursday 12pm-6pm

Saturday 19th November Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe
Opposite New World, 5 Marino Place,
10am-2pm

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