Free vaccine program helps protect teens from meningococcal disease

June 1st, 2017 by: admin
  • Free vaccine directed at higher-risk teenagers
  • Available through schools and vaccination clinics

Western Australian teenagers aged 15-19 years of age are encouraged to get the free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to help protect them and others against this serious disease.

The three-year vaccination program will target teenagers who are most at risk of developing meningococcal disease and transmitting it to others, including young children, and will be delivered in three phases.

Phase One starts in school term two in some secondary schools and all Aboriginal medical services for year 10, 11 and 12 students.

Phase Two commences in school term three across WA for year 10, 11 and 12 students and university students at on-campus medical centres.

Phase three starts in school term four with GP surgery vaccination (subject to vaccine availability) for year 10, 11 and 12 students who missed their school vaccination in terms two or three, and teenagers aged 15 to 19 who are not at school or university.

Students enrolled in a secondary school will receive consent forms prior to their school-scheduled immunisation day.

People turning 20 before early October 2017 should contact the Central Immunisation Clinic (metropolitan) on 9321 1312 or their local Population Health Unit (country) before their birthday to ask how they can receive their free vaccine.

In 2018 and 2019, the program will target incoming year 10 students only.

Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:

“The McGowan Government is working to ensure that our most at-risk group, teenagers aged 15-19, is provided with a vaccine against this invasive disease.

“While meningococcal disease is rare, the number of cases infected with the ‘W’ strain has increased in recent years.

“WA has led the nation in the provision of this vaccine, taking preventative action at a local level rather than waiting for a National Immunisation Program to be developed.”

Minister’s office – 6552 6500

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