Free meningococcal vaccination program02 February 2018
The Victorian Government is extending a free meningococcal vaccination program so even more young Victorians can be protected against the deadly disease.
Visiting Traralgon Secondary College, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the Government will deliver $1.5 million to extend free meningococcal ACWY vaccines for young people in Year 10 of secondary school until 31 December 2018.
The Victorian Government’s funding will mean free meningococcal vaccines for all young people in Year 10 of secondary school, as well as those young people not in secondary school but of an equivalent age (15 or 16 years old).
They will be able to get the vaccine at school, at their GP or through their local council immunisation session and they’ll be protected against four strains of meningococcal disease, ‘A’, ‘C’, ‘W’ and ‘Y’.
Although uncommon, meningococcal disease can become life-threatening very quickly. The infection can develop very quickly and can kill in 24 to 48 hours. It is spread by close, prolonged household and intimate contact. In a small number of people, the bacteria can enter the blood stream and cause invasive meningococcal disease.