Be Alert for Meningococcal Symptoms in Wellington Region
Te Whatu Ora is urging people in the Wellington region to be vigilant for symptoms of meningococcal disease. This call comes after a recent tragic death of a person with meningococcal. Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that can cause meningitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
Symptoms of meningococcal disease can include fever, headache, vomiting, muscle pain, and a rash. It is important to seek medical help immediately if you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, especially if there is a sudden onset of a rash that does not fade when pressed.
Prevention and Treatment of Meningococcal Disease
The best way to prevent meningococcal disease is through vaccination. The meningococcal vaccine is available for free to certain groups of people in New Zealand, including children, teenagers, and some adults with certain medical conditions. It is important to check with your healthcare provider to see if you or your family members are eligible for the vaccine.
If you are diagnosed with meningococcal disease, early treatment with antibiotics is crucial. It is important to seek medical help immediately if you suspect you may have meningococcal disease.
Stay Informed and Take Action
Meningococcal disease can be a serious and life-threatening illness. It is important to stay informed about the symptoms and take action if you or someone you know experiences any of the symptoms. By staying vigilant and taking preventative measures, we can help reduce the spread of meningococcal disease in our communities.
If you suspect you may have meningococcal disease, seek medical help immediately.