Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria, which can lead to two serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses – meningitis (an infection of the brain membranes) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). It can develop in just a few hours.
The infection is spread in a similar way to the common cold – by coughing, sneezing, kissing or from contact with saliva – including through sharing cups, glasses and drink bottles. Young adults living closely with others are at high risk.
Protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated.
There are two vaccines available and the Te Whare Hauora
Health Centre strongly recommends students have both vaccines for optimal protection before you start at UC.
- Menactra or Nimenrix, protects against strains A, C, W and Y meningococcal disease (one dose) and is free for all domestic students up to 25 years who live in, or are about to enter halls of residence.
- Bexsero protects against strain B meningococcal disease (two doses required).