Second Meningococcal Vaccine Clinic Now Open For Public Bookings

Second Meningococcal Vaccine Clinic Now Open For Public Bookings

Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson

Bookings Open For Second Meningococcal Vaccine Clinic

Victor P Taffa

Eligible Tasmanians in all regions who haven’t yet received their free meningococcal ACWY vaccination are encouraged to do so, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said.

Bookings are now open for a second free public clinic at the Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC) this weekend, with the clinic expanded to people from within a wider area.

New Town, Moonah and Glenorchy are still the target areas of the Public Health response to recent cases of meningococcal W disease in Hobart’s northern suburbs.

Tasmanians aged from 6 weeks to under 21 who live, work, study or spend significant periods of time in suburbs from Lenah Valley to Granton are also able to attend this weekend’s clinic at the DEC.

Clinic will run from 9 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Bookings are essential.

More than 5,000 people received a free meningococcal vaccination at the first clinic at the DEC and Public Health is expecting to see a similar amount this week.

Public response to the expanded program has been excellent, and already more than 43,000 vaccines have been distributed around the state.

Public clinics will also be held in the North and North-West in October.

However, there is no need to wait for a clinic as eligible Tasmanians in each region can receive their free vaccination from their GP or one of the many authorised pharmacist immunisers.

It is still important to be aware of the symptoms of meningococcal disease, such as fever, severe headache, severe muscle pain, and quickly becoming unusually unwell. Late in the illness, there can be a rash. Infants can be lethargic, floppy and feed poorly.

“Anyone who is concerned they may have symptoms of meningococcal disease should seek emergency medical care.” Minister Ferguson said.

 

Abbreviations:

ACWY            Main Strains Causing Meningococcal Disease are A, B, C, W and Y