GPs in Victoria are encouraged to offer free Meningococcal A,C,W,Y vaccine, Menactra®, to people aged 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 years between 18 April 2017 - 31 December 2017.
A single dose of Menactra® provides protection against A,C,W,Y strains and will boost adolescents' protection from the C strain vaccine they likely received as a baby.
A person who received a dose of polysaccharide quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (Menomune® or Mencevax®) more than six months ago, can receive Menactra® vaccine, the conjugate quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine, for long term protection.
Local councils are delivering the vaccine in all secondary schools, GPs can vaccinate eligible young people who are not in school or are absent on the day of vaccination.
Add Menactra® vaccine when placing your next vaccine order.
Download translated meningococcal A,C,W,Y vaccine consent information for parents of secondary school students
Posters to promote the Meningococcal vaccine program for young people are being mailed to immunisation providers - order extra posters.