Kardas was an active, healthy seven year old when he contracted meninigococcal septicaemia in 2003...
Currently there are vaccines for Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib) meningitis, and bacterial meningitis including meningococcal disease and pneumococcal disease.
There are a number of vaccines available that will protect against some of the different types of meningitis, however, there is no one vaccine that can protect against all of the types of meningitis.
While available vaccines provide thorough protection, it is vital to develop a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of both meningitis and septicaemia, and what to do if you suspect infection of either.
The New Zealand Immunisation Schedule is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies, children, adolescents and adults in New Zealand.
The National Immunisation Schedule lists all of the diseases that are covered, the vaccines that are provided and the age at which they are given. The Schedule is available as a download from the Ministry of Health
Disclaimer - The Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand promotes the prevention, control and awareness of meningitis. It is not a professional medical authority. The text on this website provides general information about meningitis and septicaemia, not medical advice. It is not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of these diseases. Please consult your doctor to discuss the information or if you are concerned someone may be ill.
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