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State-funded Meningococcal ACWY Immunisation Program

The state-funded meningococcal ACWY immunisation program has now ended, with meningococcal ACWY vaccine now provided under the National Immunisation Program.  The vaccine is provided free to children aged 12 months, Year 10 students through the School-based Immunisation Program and adolescents aged 15 to 19 years who missed receiving the vaccine at school through their GP or council immunisation clinic through an ongoing catch up program.

The Tasmanian state-funded meningococcal-ACWY program for 15 to 19 year olds was initiated in 2017, and expanded to those aged between 6 weeks and 21 years in 2018 in response to a community outbreak of meningococcal W disease. This immunisation response was a remarkable achievement by immunisation providers, who administered 90 000 vaccines within 90 days.

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November 2019