Meningococcal Vaccine for Years 10, 11, 12

Parents/guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students should look out for the Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program consent card coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

 

Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease. Although uncommon, it can become life threatening, very quickly. There are different strains of meningococcal bacteria known by letters of the alphabet, including meningococcal A, B, C, W and Y. In recent years, the meningococcal W strain has increased across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 11 cases to date in 2017 and 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and one in 2013. It is now the predominant strain in Victoria.

 

The Whitehorse City Council immunisation service may contact you about the meningococcal ACWY vaccine program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 9 June 2017 if you do not want your contact details given to the Whitehorse City Council immunisation service.

 

To learn more about meningococcal disease and the vaccine visit:-

Better Health Channel - Meningococcal disease 

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