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May 3, 2006

Ask A Professional

My child hasn't finished their third Meningococcal B vaccination within the recommended time frame, do they have to start again?

No, while the three doses are recommended to be given at six weeks apart if you or your child has gone over that time frame you do not have to start again. But it is important that you complete all three vaccinations.

You should also be aware that 2006 is the last year that the vaccine will be so widely available. So it is really important that people finish their course of vaccinations. The Meningococcal B vaccine is only effective once all three doses have been administered.

The Meningococcal B programme has vaccinated thousands over West Coast of children and young people against this devastating illness over the past 10 months.

The vaccination is free to every child and young adult aged between six weeks and 19 years of age.

Meningococcal B disease can cause meningitis and blood poisoning and can have devastating consequences for those unfortunate enough to contract it.

Right now the Meningococcal B vaccine is the best preventative available and to make it easier for people to have the vaccination the West Coast District Health Board will be holding clinics in the regions three main townships over the next few months.

These clinics will be held from 4pm to 6.30 pm on advertised dates.

In Westport and Greymouth the clinics will be held in the Plunket Rooms while the Hokitika Health Centre will host the clinics in that area.

It is very important that people ensure their children have had all three doses of the Meningococcal B vaccine, as it is only effective once the course has been completed.

Around 80 percent of West Coasters aged between 6 weeks and 19 years of age have so far begun the course of MeNZB B vaccinations.

So please ensure you or your child is vaccinated against this terrible disease.

For more information please contact
Vikki Carter
Community Liaison Officer
03 768 0499, Extn. 2665
027 245 9595

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