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Comprehensive information supplied by MoH on meningococcal disease – includes; symptoms & illness, how it is spread, immunisation and case numbers.  Also includes downloads and related website links.


Comprehensive information supplied by MoH on diseases that are vaccine preventable and the vaccines that prevent them.


Free health resources provided by MoH, Manatu Hauora, to help you make informed decisions for yourself and those you care about.


Website for The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC – A nationwide organisation based at the School of Population Health at The University of Auckland) – It provides New Zealanders with a local source of independent, factual information regarding vaccine-preventable disease and the benefits & risks of immunisation.  The information supplied is based on international and NZ medical research.


The Meningitis Centre is an Australian not-for-profit organisation based in Perth, Western Australia. It was established in 1992 by a group of parents and health care professionals who recognised the need to raise public awareness of meningitis and it's various forms.

The Meningitis Centre continues to strive to eliminate meningitis in Australia. It has successfully lobbied for vaccines and and produced materials for educating the community across Australia to be aware of the signs and symptoms. It also provides support for families affected by the disease. The website provides significant educational resources and information for Australians.


Website for The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations Inc (CoMO) –An umbrella organisation providing for networking of meningitis organisations worldwide.  CoMO supports the fight against meningitis by emphasising the global burden of the disease, and supporting the establishment of new meningitis organisations and patient groups. The website provides links to all member sites, along with a video podcast featuring experts, survivors and parents of children impacted by meningitis, discussing the devastating effects of the disease and need for vaccination


Website for The Meningitis Research Foundation – UK-based MRF funds research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, improve survival rates and outcomes, promote education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and give support to people affected.  The website includes awareness & education, support information, research projects and personal stories.


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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