West Australia meningococcal vaccination
A one-off meningococcal W vaccination program for people living in Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Coollgardie and Kambalda will target children aged four years and under, and 15 to 19 year-olds.
The three-year program will start during term two in April and cost the State Government $6 million in its first year. Year 10, 11 and 12 students will receive the single dose vaccine at school, and 18 and 19 year olds can visit community health clinics. This is rolled out across Western Australia after a 'disturbing increase' in cases of the W strain, Health Minister, John Day says.