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.