Immunisation is one of the best ways you can protect yourself and others from infectious diseases in our community.
In partnership with Thorne Harbour Health (formerly Victorian AIDS Council), the Victorian government has launched an immunisation campaign to encourage gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men to take up of the offer of four free vaccinations (some are available for a limited time).
You must live in Victoria to be eligible for these free vaccines.
What free vaccines are available?
Meningococcal ACWY vaccination
To combat a recent rise in cases of meningococcal C disease, the Victorian Government has introduced a free, time-limited (from 11 December 2017 until 31 December 2018) vaccine program for Victorian men who have sex with men.
Read more about the free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for men who have sex with men.
Hepatitis A vaccination
Since March 2017, there has been an increasing number of confirmed cases of hepatitis A across Victoria. To stop the spread of this disease, the Victorian government has introduced a free, two dose hepatitis A vaccination program for those at risk.
From 22 January 2018 until 31 December 2018, Victorian men who have sex with men can access a free hepatitis A vaccine. These are available from GPs and all other immunisation providers across Victoria (including sexual health clinics).
Read more about hepatitis A.
Hepatitis B vaccination
Immunisation is your best protection against hepatitis B. Hepatitis B (also known as hep B) is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation and can lead to serious illness or death. In Victoria, a free hepatitis B vaccine is provided for men who have sex with men and people living with HIV.
Read more about hepatitis B – immunisation.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) – immunisation
Protect yourself into the future and get the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV infections are common, highly contagious and usually have no symptoms. Some types of HPV can cause genital warts while others can cause some cancers.
The HPV vaccine helps prevent the types of HPV that cause most HPV-related cancers in men.
The HPV vaccine is very safe and effective and can protect against 90 per cent of HPV-related cancers in men, and 90 per cent of genital warts. Immunisation against HPV involves a course of three injections over a six-month period and is available free of charge for Victorian men (aged up to 26 years old) who have sex with men until 31 December 2018.
Read more about Human papillomavirus (HPV) – immunisation.