Plea to teenagers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The State Gov­ern­ment is urg­ing teenagers aged from 15 to 19 across the re­gion to get free meningo­coc­cal vac­ci­na­tions.

There have been six cases of meningo­coc­cal re­ported in a de­part­men­tal re­gion stretch­ing from Bal­larat to the Vic­to­rian-south Aus­tralian bor­der this year.

Pro­tec­tion against the deadly dis­ease takes up to two weeks af­ter re­ceiv­ing the vac­ci­na­tion.

De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices fig­ures re­veal the six cases of meningo­coc­cal in the ‘Grampians’ re­gion in­cluded one in North­ern Grampians and Hep­burn mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and four in Bal­larat.

The ar­rival of the warmer weather her­alds the peak time for meningo­coc­cal dis­ease, which can be spread through close so­cial con­tact such as kiss­ing, cough­ing or sneez­ing.

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