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Meningococcal vaccines available in Australia?

Page last updated 24 July 2020

There are a number of vaccines available in Australia:

  • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine – this covers disease caused by A, C, W and Y
    • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is provided free to all infants at 12 months of age on the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
    • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is also available on the NIP for adolescents aged 14 to 16 years through school-based immunisations. 
    • Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is provided free for people of all ages with specified medical conditions

 

  • Meningococcal B vaccine – this covers disease caused by the B strain.
    • Meningococcal B vaccine is available on the NIP for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATIS) infants
    • Catch up vaccination will be available for ATSI children aged <2 years until 30 June 2023
    • Meningococcal B vaccine is provided free for people of all ages with specified medical conditions

For further information on available vaccines, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

2. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Meningococcal disease. Available at: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/meningococcal-disease (accessed June 2020).

3. Better Health. Victoria State Government. Meningococcal disease. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/meningococcal-disease (accessed June 2020).

8. Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: https://beta.health.gov.au/resources/publications/national-immunisation-program-schedule-portrait (accessed June 2020).

MAT-AU-2000217 - Date of preparation July 2020

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