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  • Meningococcal bacteria are only passed from person to person by regular close, prolonged household or intimate contact with infected secretions from the back of the nose and throat. 
  • Meningococcal disease is uncommon but serious. 
  • It usually takes the form of a blood infection (septicaemia) or infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).
  • Immunisation against meningococcal bacteria provides good protection against meningococcal disease.
  • Meningococcal vaccines are available to protect against disease strains A, B, C, W and Y.
  • The National Immunisation Program schedule provides a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for children at 12 months of age or a free catch-up dose for unimmunised people under 20 years of age who have not previously had their meningococcal C vaccine at 12 months.
  • Commencing from April 2019, a free meningococcal ACWY school based vaccination program will be provided on the National Immunisation Program for secondary school students in Year 10, or age equivalent. Young people aged 15 to 19 years of age, who have not already received the vaccine in school, will be able to be vaccinated by their immunisation provider.

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Reviewed on: 30-01-2019