Government funded Meningococcal ACWY Vaccines available until 31 December 2017

Are you aged between 15 – 19, or have children aged between 15 – 19? The Victorian Government is funding Meningococcal ACWY Vaccines until Sunday 31 December 2017.

Where to get the vaccine?

Eligible young people not in secondary school (either away on the day the vaccine was given or do not attend secondary school) can attend either a local council community immunisation session, or a General Practitioner (GP) to receive the free Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. A consultation fee may be charged by the GP. Contact your local council to find out when and where immunisation sessions are held:

What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal bacteria live in the back of the nose and throat of about 10 per cent of people without causing illness. Meningococcal disease is caused when a particular strain gets through the lining of the throat and enters a person’s bloodstream.

Symptoms include limb pain, sudden high fever, headache, vomiting, stiff neck or sore muscles, sometimes followed by a red or purple rash.

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The bacteria can only survive outside the body for a few seconds and can only be passed from person to person by close and prolonged household or intimate contact, for example intimate kissing.

The disease can progress very quickly and  can lead to death or permanent disability. Up to 10 per cent of infected people die, even if they are treated with the right antibiotics. In cases of Meningococcal disease an average of 1 in 10 people die, 2 in 10 people will be left with a disability and 10/10 will be hospitalised.

For more information visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/menvax