5 Apr 2018

Meningitis vaccinations delayed in Fiji after Cyclone Josie

7:29 am on 5 April 2018

Cyclone Josie has delayed vaccinations against an outbreak of meningitis at a Fiji high school.

The damage caused by Cyclone Josie.

The damage caused by Cyclone Josie. Photo: Facebook/ Fiji Government

The Fiji government said medical teams will start giving Navesau Adventist High School students the Meningococcal C vaccinations today.

The students were originally scheduled to receive them yesterday.

The school in Tailevu province with more than 300 hostel and day students closed last week because of the outbreak which, according to reports, saw five students admitted to hospital.

The government said Ministry of Health teams had been at the school since mid-March providing regular medical checks to students and staff and administering antibiotics.

The authorities have urged people to keep their environments clean to help prevent the spread of diseases like Men-C.

Health authorities declared an outbreak of the bacterial infection earlier this month after 18 cases were reported throughout the country during the first eight weeks of this year.

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