The Bexsero and MenQuadfi Vaccines for Meningococcal

What is Meningococcal?

Meningococcal is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus. This can lead to two very serious illnesses: meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).

There are several different types of meningococcal bacteria, including A, B, C, Y, and W. In New Zealand, most cases are caused by group B. However, since 2017, there has been an increasing number of cases caused by groups W and Y.

The disease is more common in children under the age of 5 years, teenagers, and young adults. Students in their first year of tertiary education living in student accommodation may also be at higher risk. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease because it can develop very quickly. While it can be treated with antibiotics, early treatment is crucial.


Who is eligible for a funded vaccination?

Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexerso) is on the immunisation schedule and available from your GP from 3 months old.
Pharmacist Vaccinators can provide funded Meningococcal B (Bexsero) and Meningococcal A, C, W, and Y (MenQuadfi) vaccinations to individuals aged 16 to 25 years. This service is available to those who, within the next three months, will enter or are in their first year of living in boarding school hostels, tertiary education halls of residence, military barracks, Youth Justice residences, or prisons.

We are also able to provide non funded vaccinations of both Bexsero and MenQuadfi, please phone us for the current costing on 03 477 9793


Are there any possible side effects?

Every medication can have side effects, vaccinations are no different.  Most side effects from vaccination will settle within a few days and can be managed by resting and drinking plenty of fluids. If you are concerned about a reaction you might be having to your vaccination phone us on 03 477 9793 or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Common responses:

  • Pain, redness, swelling, itching, warmth, bruising or rash at the injection site

  • Generally feeling unwell

  • Headache

  • Fever (38°C or higher)

  • Feeling irritable.

  • Muscle pain

  • Vomiting

  • Feeling dizzy

  • Nausea

  • Fatigue


More information including how to book:

Our qualified Vaccinating Pharmacists administer a number of funded and non-funded vaccinations.


Information for after your meningococcal vaccination

After your vaccination

Meningococcal disease is fast and can kill or cause serious disability. Know the signs and symptoms

Signs of Meningococcal