Free meningococcal vaccines for WA teenagers

30 January 2017

A vaccination to protect against meningococcal strains A, C, W and Y will be offered to 15-19 year olds in an Australian-first, statewide program to start in school Term 2.

Nurse giving high school student a vaccine

More than 150,000 WA students and young adults are expected to be vaccinated over the three-year program, with the cost covered by the State Government, making it free to the target group.”

This year, the program will provide immunisations in school to year 10, 11, and 12 students, with additional vaccinations conducted at community health clinics to capture 18-19 year olds and other age-eligible persons not attending high school.

In 2018 and 2019, the program will target incoming Year 10 students only.

The school-based vaccination program is expected to begin when sufficient vaccine supplies have been delivered, starting in school Term 2, with the majority of vaccinations planned for Term 3.

Parents can expect to receive meningococcal W vaccination consent materials through their child’s school.

For more information download the frequently asked questions (PDF 94KB) or read more about meningococcal disease.