Meningococcal vaccination free for 0-21 year olds
Advice from Director of Public Health in relation to the meningococcal vaccination program:
- The risk of contracting any strain of meningococcal disease is very low, but not zero.
- Vigilance for illness is critical. If you or one of your clients has symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment immediately. Symptoms include fever, severe aches and pains, headache, drowsiness and confusion. A rash may occur as the disease progresses. Illness in babies can include fever, distress, being mottled or floppy and not feeding. People with meningococcal disease often go from feeling quite well to extremely unwell very quickly.
- Immunisation of people eligible for the vaccination program is recommended – anyone born after 1 August 1997 is eligible.
- Smoking and passive exposure to smoke in confined spaces are risk factors for contracting meningococcal disease. Please discourage this.
For further general information and to find out how eligible persons can access vaccination, please see the website: http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/menw