from the Acting Principal, Ms Jo Legosz:

The College has received the following information in relation to a free meningococcal clinic at the Derwent Entertainment Centre tomorrow, especially for people who live or spend significant time in the New Town, Moonah and Glenorchy areas.

Please note that GYC will also hold further clinics on both Campuses. An update on these will be made in next week’s Family Bulletin.

The Department of Health has announced a free meningococcal immunisation clinic will be held this weekend at the Derwent Entertainment Centre as part of the public health response to a localised outbreak of meningococcal W disease in the Greater Hobart area.

The clinic will provide meningococcal ACWY (‘Men W’) vaccine to people aged between six weeks up to 21 years (born after 1 August, 1997).

Eligible people who want to attend the clinic must make a booking. Booking details will be provided on Thursday 2 August in The Mercury and at http://www.health.tas.gov.au. If you do not have a booking and your ticket, you will not be able to attend the clinic.

The clinic will be open from 9am until 7pm on Saturday 4 August and from 9am until 6pm on Sunday 5 August.

If you are going to attend a clinic, please ensure you allow plenty of time to attend the clinic as there may be unexpected delays. You will also need to stay for 15 minutes after the vaccination, for your safety so staff can check for any reaction to the vaccination. You will also need to bring your Medicare card that has your child listed on it.

Please be patient and respectful of staff and follow their directions. They are there to help you.

Further clinics will be held on the weekend of 18 and 19 August.

These clinics are for eligible people who live or spend significant time in the areas of New Town, Moonah and Glenorchy.

These immunisations will also be available free from a range of providers including general practitioners and, from next week, authorised pharmacist immunisers, throughout Tasmania over the next three months.

Further information is available online at http://www.health.tas.gov.au or via the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Please note: This is a Department of Health initiative and Glenorchy City Council is assisting.