Nee­dle a ‘no-brainer’

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

HIGH school stu­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to get vac­ci­na­tions for meningo­coc­cal dur­ing the sec­ond half of this year.

A vac­ci­na­tion to pro­tect against meningo­coc­cal strains A, C, W and Y is be­ing of­fered free to 15 to 19-year-olds across WA dur­ing terms 3 and 4.

De­part­ment of Health nurses at­tended Pen­rhos Col­lege on Au­gust 7 to give the vac­cine to Year 11 stu­dents.

There have been 15 cases of meningo­coc­cal in WA so far in 2017, which com­pares to 23 last year, 17 in 2015, 18 in 2014, 16 in 2013 and 19 in 2012.

The vac­ci­na­tion day was at­tended by Barry and Lor­raine Young, whose daugh­ter Amanda Young was a stu­dent at the school and died in 1997 aged 18 af­ter con­tract­ing the disease.

Mr Young said it was a “dream come true” to see young peo­ple get­ting vac­ci­nated.

“It’s some­thing that is lifechang­ing and vi­tally im­por­tant,” he said.

“It’s a no-brainer to al­low young peo­ple to be vac­ci­nated for free and we don’t want to see peo­ple be­ing com­pla­cent and not turn­ing up.”

Among the stu­dents to get vac­ci­na­tions were stu­dents Vivi­enne Holt and Grace Poo­ley, who at­tended the Amanda Young Lead­ers Sum­mit ear­lier this year.

Grace said it was a good op­por­tu­nity to meet stu­dents from other parts of WA and dis­cuss meningo­coc­cal.

Pen­rhos Col­lege stu­dent Vivi­enne Holt is vac­ci­nated by De­part­ment of Health regis­tered nurse Joanne Pa­clibar.

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