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  • There are 13 strains of meningococcal disease. You can be immunised against strains A, B, C, W and Y.
  • In Australia, a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine is provided for children at 12 months of age and in Year 10 of secondary school (or aged 15 to 19 years). 
  • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is also available free for some people with specified medical risk conditions that make them more vulnerable to invasive meningococcal disease.
  • A free catch-up dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine is also provided for unimmunised people under 20 years of age.
  • A free meningococcal B vaccine is provided for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies at 2 months (from 6 weeks), 4 months and 12 months of age. There is a catch-up program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged under 2 years until June 2023. 
  • Meningococcal B vaccine is also free for people with specified medical risk conditions that make them more vulnerable to invasive meningococcal disease.
  • Some other people are at increased risk of meningococcal B disease and are strongly recommended meningococcal B vaccination but this is not free, such as infants, children aged under two years, adolescents, young adults and people with specified medical risk conditions.
  • Give paracetamol with every dose of meningococcal B vaccine given to children under two years of age.

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Reviewed on: 06-07-2020