No meningitis vaccine for the Bay of Plenty

As the Government commandeers supplies of meningitis vaccines to try and slow an outbreak in Northland, numbers of the fatal disease edge up in the Bay of Plenty.

The Northland District Health Board is rolling out a free emergency vaccination campaign against the disease.

Free immunisations will be offered to those aged nine months to four years, inclusive, and those aged 13 to 19 years old.

Dr Nikki Turner, Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre at the University of Auckland says although numbers of cases in the Bay of Plenty are relatively high, they're nowhere near the numbers in Northland.

Dr Turner says it's important to remember that meningoccal disease is still relatively rare.

Emma Griffiths