Te Whatu Ora has asked us to share information about meningococcal disease. They are asking parents/care givers to be vigilant and to be proactive in seeking medical care.

Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria that can lead to meningitis, an infection of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord and septicaemia (blood poisoning).

It is more common in under 5s and 13–25-year age groups and when other winter viruses are in the community.

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If you have any concerns regarding your health, ring Healthline on 0800 611 116.

The Disability Helpline is available on 0800 11 12 13 or text 8988 and NZ Relay can assist with these calls if required: www.nzrelay.co.nz (NZSL, text to speech etc.).