Meningococcal vaccine explained – Dr Peter Richmond

Meningococcal vaccine explained – Dr Peter Richmond


Even with antibiotics and the best
supportive care in an ICU or hospital the disease can still be fatal.
Overall, about 1 in 10 people who get the disease don’t survive.
Therefore, prevention of the disease is most important. The WA Government has decided
to prevent the disease in the highest risk populations. These are young children
between 1 and under 5 years of age and also in teenagers between 15 to 19 years of age. If parents would like to get their child between 1 and 4 years of age vaccinated they need to go to their GP who will be able to provide them with a single dose of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine which should give you protection for about five years. This year, the vaccine will continue to
be offered in year 10 at high schools. However, for older children or Uni
students who have not yet been vaccinated they can go to the GP or the
University Medical Centre to get vaccinated there.

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