Teen vac­ci­na­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MORE than 300,000 el­i­gi­ble 15-19 year old Queens­land teenagers will have ac­cess to a free, four strain meningo­coc­cal vac­ci­na­tion from Term 2 of the cur­rent school year. Health and Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Min­is­ter Cameron Dick an­nounced the State Gov­ern­ment would make $ mil­lion avail­able for a 12 month vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram, fol­low­ing an in­crease in meningo­coc­cal serogroup W and Y no­ti­fi­ca­tions dur­ing 2016. The vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram is ex­pected to be­gin rolling out from Term 2, 2017 and be com­pleted by the end of Term 3, with the vac­ci­na­tion also avail­able at GPs from 1 June 2017. Meningo­coc­cal dis­ease is a se­vere in­fec­tion and any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms should seek ur­gent med­i­cal at­ten­tion. Symp­toms can in­clude vom­it­ing, fever, headache, stiff neck, dis­like of bright lights, drowsi­ness, joint pain or a rash of red-pur­ple spots or bruises.

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