Free meningococcal vaccine for 1 to 4 year olds

23 January 2018

From today, all Western Australian children aged 1 to 4 years will have access to a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

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Meningococcal disease is an uncommon, but sometimes life-threatening illness. Last year WA had 46 cases of meningococcal disease, six which were fatal. The highest rate occurred among children less than 5 years of age.

To reduce the incidence of meningococcal disease among this vulnerable age group, a free vaccine will be available for children aged 1 to 4 years throughout 2018. 

Parents should contact their local GP or Child Health Clinic to schedule an appointment for their child to receive the vaccine.

There are currently two other meningococcal ACWY vaccination programs in WA: one for teenagers in Year 10 in 2018 and one for Aboriginal communities within regional Western Australia.

Learn more about the meningococcal vaccine.