Tasmanians! Under 21s are now eligible for a FREE meningococcal vaccine

After it was announced South Australia would be the first state to receive the free meningococcal vaccine, TASMANIA is now on the same page!

In a response to the growing illness ALL Tassies between 6 weeks and 20 years old (born after 1 August 1997) will be eligible for a free vaccine against meningococcal.

Doctor injecting a young child with a vaccination or antibiotic in a small disposable hypodermic syringe, close up of the kids arm and needle.

Meningococcal vaccine now free in Tassie

The vaccine will cover the meningococcal strains A, C, W and Y.

The Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania says the program will first focus on providing access to free vaccine in the area where three of the recent meningococcal disease cases lived, and it will be expanded across the state in the coming weeks.

There have been 5 cases of  meningococcal in Tasmania in 2018 including a teenage girl who sadly passed away with the disease earlier this month.

The Tasmanian Government also said, “Tasmania typically has about six cases a year. This means the chance of any single person catching the disease in any given month is about one in a million.”

Signs of meningococcal disease

  • Fever
  • Refusal to eat
  • Irritability
  • Grunting or moaning
  • Extreme tiredness or floppiness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Turning away from light
  • Convulsions
  • Rash of red or purple pinprick spots or larger bruises

If you’re concerned about your child, read our advice on whether to take them to a GP or paediatrician.

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