In NZ, approximately:

  • 50% of meningitis is caused by Menz B strain
  • 50% by Menz A, C, W and Y strain

Menz W causes more deaths than Menz B.

For Menz W the high risk groups are those who are:

  • <5 years of age
  • 13-19 years of age
  • Living in overcrowded houses
  • Living in areas of high people volume e.g.: boarding houses, University dormitories

Vaccines available at Greenwood Medical Centre:

  • Bexsero
    • Covers Menz B strain
    • Cost $150
  • Menactra/Nimenrix
    • Covers Menz A, C, W, Y strain
    • Cost $135

For more information about the vaccines and meninogococcal disease please see below links:

http://www.immune.org.nz/diseases/meningococcal-disease

http://www.immune.org.nz/sites/default/files/resources/Written%20Resources/NonprogrammeVaccineMeningococcalImac20181109V01Final_0.pdf