The Department of Health has provided the following important information about meningococcal vaccinations for schools to communicate to families:
- Meningococcal disease is a rare but very serious bacterial disease. There are 5 main strains that cause meningococcal disease – A, B, C, W and Y. The most common strain currently in the Northern Territory is W.
- The best way to protect your child or teenager from getting meningococcal disease is by vaccination. In the Northern Territory children aged 1 – 19 years are eligible to receive a FREE meningococcal ACWY vaccine. The meningococcal ACWY vaccine provides protection against 4 strains of meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is administered as a single dose.
- Vaccines are available from your Community Care Centre, Health Clinic and GP practice (GP practice may charge for consultation).
- If your child has already received a meningococcal ACWY vaccine (called Nimenrix®, Menveo®, or Menactra®) then they do not need another vaccine.
- Meningococcal B is not covered by this vaccine but a course of meningococcal B vaccine is available from your GP with a private prescription.
If you require further information about vaccinations, contact the NT Immunisation Register: 8922 8315.