2019 meningococcal ACWY immunisation program

2019 meningococcal ACWY immunisation program

Under the National Immunisation Program, free meningococcal immunisations will be provided to grade 10 students from April with parental consent. These will be given at schools.

Children aged 12 months will receive a free meningococcal ACWY vaccination through GPs.

A catch-up program will also be offered through GPs for teenagers aged between 15 and 19 years.

These programs are for teenagers not yet vaccinated for meningococcal ACWY.

Does your child need a vaccine?

From August 2017, the Tasmanian Government offered a meningococcal ACWY vaccine to teenagers aged between 15 and 19 years through schools and GPs.

In April 2018, this program was extended to all Tasmanians aged between six weeks and 21 years, with immunisations provided through GPs, pharmacies, local council clinics, large public clinics in each region of the state and several schools in the northern suburbs of Hobart.

If your child has NOT had a meningococcal ACWY immunisation through any of the above programs, they will need one.

Your child does not need a meningococcal ACWY vaccine if they have already received one through any of the above programs.

If you are unsure if your child has a meningococcal ACWY immunisation, you can check by:

  • accessing your child’s immunisation history through your Medicare online account at myGov (my.gov.au)
  • going to a Medicare service centre
  • calling the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 and ask for a copy

Please note the meningococcal ACWY vaccine provides protection against the A, C, W and Y strains of meningococcal disease only. A vaccination against meningococcal B disease is available through GPs through private prescription.