Meningo­coc­cal vac­cine

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

A new vac­cine to treat meningo­coc­cal has been ap­proved by the Fed­eral Govern­ment and will be freely avail­able to Aus­tralian teenagers aged 14 to 19, in­clud­ing those liv­ing in the O’Con­nor elec­torate.

Fed­eral mem­ber for O’Con­nor Rick Wil­son said more than one mil­lion teenagers should re­ceive the vac­cine over the next four years.

“It will be added to the Na­tional Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Pro­gram from April 2019 and pro­vided to stu­dents aged 14 to 16 years un­der a school-based pro­gram,” Mr Wil­son said.

“Ado­les­cents aged 15 to 19 years of age, who have not al­ready re­ceived the vac­cine in school, will be able to re­ceive the vac­cine through an on­go­ing GP based catch-up pro­gram.”

Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt said meningo­coc­cal was a rare but se­ri­ous in­fec­tion.

“Deaths as­so­ci­ated with meningo­coc­cal disease have also risen, with 28 deaths in 2017, com­pared with 11 deaths in 2016 and 12 deaths in 2015.

“I am ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing Aus­tralia’s world-class na­tional vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram and urge all Aus­tralian par­ents to have their teenagers vac­ci­nated.” The an­nounce­ment has come after the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ben­e­fits Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (PBAC) rec­om­mended the meningo­coc­cal A, C, W and Y vac­cine for ado­les­cents.

O'Con­nor's Fed­eral mem­ber Rick Wil­son with Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt.

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