Meningococcal Update

From now to the end of 2018, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine is free for everyone in Tasmania born after 1 August 1997 (babies must be at least six-weeks-old). The free vaccine protects against the A, C, W and Y strains of meningococcal disease. Vaccine is available from GPs, some pharmacies and some council-run clinics.

Information for the public

Encourage use of the website www.health.tas.gov.au to get the best most up-to-date  information about this disease in Tasmania.   

The Department of Health has provided the following information - “People with meningococcal disease often get very sick very quickly. Symptoms include fever, severe aches and pains, headache, drowsiness, confusion. Infants can be distressed, limp, pale and feed poorly. If you or your child has seen a doctor but then worse, go back to your doctor or emergency department. Don’t wait.”

Burnie City Council will continue to work with the State Department of Health and Human Services to improve community awareness on the risks of meningococcal, and to improve the level of immunisation and protection.  Council will continue to delivered school based meningococcal immunisation program to all students in the eligible age groups; and will assist the Department in organising and delivering wider access to the meningococcal vaccine through a community clinic on the northwest coast for all persons born after 1 August 1997.