a message to parents and carers from Tasmanian health authorities
Free meningococcal W Vaccination Program
for Years 10, 11 and 12
The Tasmanian Government is funding a free meningococcal W vaccine for teenagers aged 15-19 years.
The program will commence during term three 2017 and run until 30 April 2018 and will be delivered at your school.
The vaccine provides protection against four strains of meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is given as a single dose.
Meningococcal disease is a rare but severe bacterial infection that can cause lifelong disability or death and can affect people at any age.
Meningococcal bacteria are carried in the nose and throat of some healthy people and are spread through close prolonged contact. The bacteria are more commonly found in teenagers and young adults. Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease
Meningococcal W has increased significantly across Australia from 2014 onwards. In Tasmania, cases more than tripled in 2016 compared with previous years. Tasmania has a higher rate of meningococcal W disease than other states. Meningococcal W is now the most common meningococcal strain in Tasmania.
You will receive further information and a consent form during Term 3. Please complete the consent form and return to your school.
the return date for GYC (to Tutors) is Friday 4 August
To learn more about meningococcal disease and the meningococcal W Vaccination Program, visit: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/menw
a message to parents-carers (the same as above)