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About the Foundation

Meningitis can often result in tragic death, deafness, loss of limbs, brain damage or other neurological disabilities. Sadly, those most affected include infants, adolescents and young adults. 

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Every second counts - if you are concerned about a friend or family member and think their symptoms may be meningitis, seek the advice of a medical professional immediately.

Symptoms of Meningitis

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Stiff Neck

Fever, possibly with cold hands and feet


Refusing feeds or vomiting


High pitched moaning cry or whimpering


Dislike of being  handled or fretful

Light Sensitivity

Neck retraction with arching of back

Drowsiness or Confusion

Blank & staring expression

Joint Pain

Child is difficult to wake, lethargic


Pale, blotchy complexion


Northland Meningococcal W Vaccination Programme
The Northland Meningococcal W vaccination programme started on the 5th December 2018 and will continue for 3 weeks - until the 21st December. The Northland Meningococcal W vaccination programme...
Meningococcal B Vaccine NOW AVAILABLE!
Bexsero, a vaccine to protect against the most common form of meningococcal disease, meningococcal B, is now available in New Zealand. This is great news for New Zealand families as most New...

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