Free Meningococcal Vaccination Program for grades 10, 11 and 12.

Date: Thursday 3rd August 2017

Free Meningococcal W Vaccination Program for grades 10, 11 and 12

The Tasmania Government is funding a free Meningococcal W Vaccine for teenagers aged 15-19 years.

The program will commence during Terms Three 2017 and run until 30 April 2018 and will be administered at your school. 

The vaccine provides protection against four strains of Meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is given as a single dose.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but severe bacterial infection that can cause lifelong disability or death and can affect people at any age.

Meningococcal bacteria are carried in the nose and throat of some healthy people and are spread through close prolonged contact. The bacteria are more commonly found in teenagers and young adults. Adolescents are at increased risk of Meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal W has increased significantly across Australia from 2014 onwards. In Tasmania, cases have more than tripled in 2016 compared with previous years. Tasmania has a higher rate of Meningococcal W disease than other states. Meningococcal W is now the most common meningococcal strain in Tasmania.

You will receive further information and a consent form during term three. Please complete the consent for and return to your school.

To learn more about meningococcal disease and the Meningococcal W Vaccination Program, visit www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/menw

If you have any questions regarding the School Immunisation Program please contact Council’s Immunisation Coordinator on 6376 7900.