Story: Epidemics

The first MeNZB shot

A man holding a crying child standing next to a woman.

The MeNZB vaccine was developed to protect children and young adults from the New Zealand strain of meningococcal group B. It was introduced in 2004. Here, Rayvin Ah Him, the first child in New Zealand to be immunised, is shown just after receiving the jab. He is held by his father Filipo and watched over by Prime Minister Helen Clark.

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Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - New epidemics, 1970s to early 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2024