MENINGOCOCCAL IMMUNISATION PROGRAM

Seacombe Medical Centre provides Meningococcal immunisation as part of our comprehensive immunisation program. 

The Meningococcal ACWY vaccine helps protect children and teenagers against four types of meningococcal infection, the A, C, W and Y types.

Our registered nurses and specialist GP doctors provide FREE Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to the following groups: (The vaccine is funded by the government so no cost to patients)

1. For 12 month year old infants

Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for 12 month old infants as part of our immunisation service for infants and young children

2. For patients aged 15 years to 19 years old

We are also currently able to provided funded immunisations to older teenagers who may have missed the Meningococcal immunisation program at school until December 31st 2019. SA Health may not fund this immunisation after this date, so we recommend you make an appointment soon. If you are unsure if you received this immunisation at school, please contact the local council (eg Marion Council) who provides immunisations to your school.

Teenagers currently at school will be invited to have this immunisation at school. Other groups of people can discuss privately purchasing vaccines for administration.

The following is information from SA Health website about the funded program:

Meningococcal vaccines help protect against the meningococcal disease. Meningococcal can cause inflammation of the lining of the brain (meningitis) and/or septicaemia (a form of blood infection). There are 13 different types of meningococcal, and the different vaccines available provide protection against different types of meningococcal bacteria. The following vaccines protect you against the different strains of meningococcal:

  • Meningococcal C vaccine - only protects against one type of meningococcal infection, the C type

  • Meningococcal B vaccine - only protects against one type of meningococcal infection, the B type

  • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine - protects against four types of meningococcal infection, the A, C, W and Y types

Vaccine recommendations

The meningococcal ACWY vaccine is provided under the National Immunisation Program and is administered at 12 months of age. The meningococcal ACWY vaccine is also offered through the Schools Immunisation Program in Year 10. 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 a GP based catch-up program.

Meningococcal vaccines may also be recommended, but not funded, for other groups .You will need to speak to your doctor for more information.

On 1 October 2018, the State Government commenced providing free meningococcal B vaccines to eligible children and young people, as they are at increased risk of developing meningococcal B infection.

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