Meningococcal ACWY school-based vaccination program for Year 10, 11 and 12 students
Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious infection which can become life-threatening very quickly. Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease.
In February 2018, ACT Health introduced a new meningococcal ACWY vaccination program into ACT high schools for Year 10 students. Funded catch-up vaccines were also available for people aged 16 to 19 years through their general practitioner.
Building on the success of the Year 10 program, the ACT government has announced that school-based vaccination clinics will be extended to Year 11 and 12 students during Terms 3 and 4 of 2018.
Trained nurses from the ACT Schools Health Team will visit all ACT high schools and colleges during the second semester of 2018 to offer the vaccine.
Any young person aged 15 to 19 years who have yet to receive the meningococcal vaccine can get the vaccine free through their GP until the end of 2018.
This program has been initiated in response to increasing cases of meningococcal W. Evidence suggests that this strain of the disease is more severe than other types.
Watch the campaign video here to see why getting your free meningococcal ACWY vaccine is so important.