Jabs for teens

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Pil­bara teenagers aged 15 to 19 are en­cour­aged to get the free meningo­coc­cal ACWY vac­cine to help pro­tect them and oth­ers against this se­ri­ous dis­ease.

Last month, Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook announced a three­year vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram, tar­get­ing teenagers who are most at risk of de­vel­op­ing the dis­ease.

Phase one started in Term 2 in some se­condary schools and all Abo­rig­i­nal med­i­cal ser­vices for Year 10, 11 and 12 stu­dents.

Phase two be­gins in Term 3 across WA and is for Year 10, 11 and 12 stu­dents and for univer­sity stu­dents at on-cam­pus med­i­cal cen­tres.

Phase three will start in Term 4 with GP surgery vac­ci­na­tion for stu­dents who missed their school vac­ci­na­tion in Terms 2 or 3, and teenagers aged 15 to 19 who are not at school or univer­sity.

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