The State Government has officially commenced a statewide Meningococcal serogroup W vaccination program, in a bid to target 15-19 year olds – the group that has the highest rates of carrying the Meningococcal bacteria.
Following data from 2016 showing Meningococcal serogroup W became the most common cause of Meningococcal infection in WA and Australia, GP’s on Bayview was pleased to announce the State Government’s decision to commence a statewide Meningococcal serogroup W vaccination program. You can view this announcement here.
The program will target 15-19 year olds as this group has the highest rates of carrying the Meningococcal bacteria. The vaccine covers the A, C, W and Y serogroups and commenced in school term 2, running over a three-year period. Initially administered through schools and university medical centres, there will be involvement of GP clinics in school term 4 for adolescents who have not yet been able to access the vaccine.
For people who fall outside of this target group but are concerned that they may be at additional risk, as experienced doctors, and parents ourselves we are well equipped to advise you about the best choices to make for your children, based on the best available medical evidence.