Key messages

  • The National Immunisation Program provides a free vaccine for children at 12 months of age, against meningococcal disease caused by the ACWY strain.
  • In Victoria a free school-based meningococcal ACWY vaccination program  commenced in term 2 of the 2017 school year for students in Years 10,11 and 12 or age equivalent (15 to 19 years old) and ceased on 31 December 2017.
  • The Victorian Government is extending the offer of a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine program in 2018 for young people in Year 10 of secondary school (15 or 16 years old) in Victoria until 31 December 2018.
  • Four-in-one meningococcal vaccines are available to protect against A, C, W and Y strains of meningococcal disease.
  • Meningococcal B vaccine is recommended for infants, children, adolescents and young adults to protect against the meningococcal B strain.
  • The Victorian Government has introduced a free, time-limited meningococcal ACWY vaccine program for gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men, who live in Victoria. The vaccine is available from 11 December 2017 until 31 December 2018.

Further information:

  • National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance fact sheet
  • Victorian Meningococcal ACWY vaccine program for 15 to 19 year olds
  • Better Health Channel consumer meningococcal immunisation information
  • The Australian Immunisation Handbook Meningococcal disease chapter
  • Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre fact sheet
  • National Surveillance Report of invasive meningococcal disease February 2017