The Tasmanian Government has announced it is extending its vaccination program against meningococcal strains A, C, W and Y to all Tasmanians aged between six weeks and 20 years.
This cohort has been identified as the group at greatest risk of contracting and spreading the disease.
The first stage of the extended vaccination program will focus on the area where a number of meningococcal disease cases has occurred - Hobart’s northern suburbs - and will then be expanded across the state in the following weeks.
The program will see eligible Tasmanians receive a free meningococcal vaccine from either a general practitioner, a pharmacist (for children aged 10 and over), special public clinics, and some high schools. The vaccine will cover the meningococcal strains A, C, W and Y.
More infomation about the meningococcal disease and the vaccination program is available online at www.health.tas.gov.au or via the Public Health Hotline: 1800 671 738.
Anyone who is concerned that they may be showing symptoms of meningococcal disease should seek emergency medical care.
Tasmanian health professionals also have access to guidance via the Tasmanian HealthPathways portal, which includes local pathways on:
- meningococcal disease (recognition, emergency management and patient handouts)
- meningococcal B vaccination
- immunisation in infants and children aged 0-4 years
- immunisation in children and teenagers aged 5-20 years
- immunisation in adults.