Free meningococcal W Vaccination Program for Years 10, 11 and 12

The Tasmanian Government is funding a free meningococcal W vaccine for teenagers aged 15-19 years.

Free meningococcal W Vaccination Program for Years 10, 11 and 12

The Tasmanian Government is funding a free meningococcal W vaccine for teenagers aged 15-19 years.

The program will commence during term three 2017 and run until 30 April 2018 and will be delivered 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 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 form and return to your school.

To learn more about meningococcal disease and the meningococcal W Vaccination Program,  visit: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/menw or download a fact sheet Meningococcal W Vaccination Program General Fact Sheet(191 kb)

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