2020 Term 4 Week 5

2020 Term 4 Week 5

Meningococcal ACWY Catchup Program

The School Immunisation Program for 2020 includes Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix) for all year 10 students only.

Young people aged 15 to under 20 years of age are eligible for a government funded Meningococcal ACWY catchup program.

As your school’s immunisation provider, Eastern Health Authority can offer this vaccination service to students in Year 10 who may have missed vaccination this year or Year 11 & 12 students who have not previously been immunised for Men ACWY for free. For families residing within our council areas, we are also able to offer this catchup vaccination to adolescents under age 20 who may have left your school in recent years.

Meningococcal is a rare, but very serious, often life-threatening disease with adolescents aged between 15 and 20 years at increased risk. Available vaccination for Meningococcal includes protection from B strain (Bexsero – provided at year 10 at school) and A, C, W & Y strains (Nimenrix – provided at year 10 at school). W & Y strains are becoming more prevalent in Australia, with Meningococcal W having a higher fatality rate than other types of Meningococcal disease.

We strongly encourage those eligible for this vaccination to visit one of our clinics to protect themselves from this disease.

Book online or phone 8132 3600 for further information.