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Meningococcal Vaccine



What is meningococcal vaccine?

Meningococcal vaccines are used to protect against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidisThe disease can lead to serious illnesses, including meningitis (inflammation of your brain membranes) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These illnesses can develop quickly over a few hours and can cause serious disability or death, even among people who are otherwise healthy. People who survive meningococcal disease often have serious long-term effects, including amputation of arms and legs, hearing loss, seizures, brain injury and permanent skin scarring.

The meningococcal vaccine protects you against the bacteria that causes meningococcal disease and reduces the number of people carrying N. meningitidis bacteria. This helps reduce the spread to your whānau and your community. 


How effective is meningococcal vaccine?

Having the meningococcal vaccine doesn't give you lifelong protection. When you get the vaccine, it causes your body to produce antibodies to fight against the infection if you come into contact with the illness. But, over time, the antibody levels decrease. In older children, adolescents and adults, protection is expected to last for up to 5 years after vaccination.

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