NSW meningo­coc­cal vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: VIC/NSW -

UN­DER the NSW Meningo­coc­cal W Re­sponse Pro­gram, year 11 and 12 stu­dents will re­ceive a four-anti­gen vac­cine which pro­vides pro­tec­tion against the A,C, W and Y strains.

Im­mu­ni­sa­tion ex­perts be­lieve this age group is par­tic­u­larly at risk be­cause of their phys­i­cal close­ness with peers.

State Health min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard said the Gov­ern­ment would do what­ever pos­si­ble to pro­tect young peo­ple against the disease.

“The NSW Gov­ern­ment is al­lo­cat­ing $9 mil­lion for this vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram in its first year, which will see 180,000 vul­ner­a­ble teenagers in all high schools el­i­gi­ble to be vac­ci­nated,” Mr Haz­zard said.

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