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Meningococcal B Program

What is the program?

The State Government funded Meningococcal B Immunisation Program provides free Meningococcal B vaccinations for eligible children and young people in South Australia.

Who is eligible for the Meningococcal B Immunisation Program?

To take part in this program, children and young people must be residents of South Australia, meet the eligibility criteria, and be in one of the following groups:


Age

Program Category

Eligibility Criteria

Program start date

Program Availability

Six weeks to 12 months of age

Meningococcal B Childhood Program

Must reside in South Australia and hold a Medicare card

1 October 2018

Ongoing

Over 12 months of age to less than four years of age
(age as at 1 October 2018)

Meningococcal B Catch Up Childhood Program

Must reside in South Australia and hold a Medicare card

1 October 2018

31 December 2019

Year 10 High School students

Meningococcal B Year 10 School Immunisation Program

Must reside in South Australia and enrolled as a Year 10 student in 2019

1 February 2019

Ongoing

Year 11 High School students
(program for 2019 only)

Meningococcal B Year 11 Catch Up School Immunisation Program

Must reside in South Australia and enrolled as a Year 11 student in 2019

1 February 2019

31 December 2019

17 years of age to less than 21 years of age
(age as at 1 February 2019)

Meningococcal B Young Adult Catch Up Program

Must reside in South Australia and hold a Medicare card

1 February 2019

31 December 2019

 

Where can my child be immunised?

Eligible children can receive the Meningococcal B vaccine for free at Council’s immunisation clinic.  Young adults will also be able to receive this vaccine for free at Council from 1 February 2019 (through the Meningococcal B Young Adult Catch Up Program). The vaccine is also available from GPs.


Meningococcal ACWY

The Meningococcal ACWY vaccine protects against four types of meningococcal infection – the A, C, W and Y types.

Who is eligible for the free Meningococcal ACWY vaccine?

To be eligible to receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for free, children and young people must meet the eligibility criteria, and be in one of the following groups:

Age

Program Category

Eligibility Criteria

Program start date

Program Availability

12 months of age
(age as at 1 July 2018)

Given as part of the National Immunisation Program

Must be a Medicare card holder

1 July 2018

Ongoing

Year 10 High School students

Meningococcal ACWY Year 10 School Immunisation Program

Must be enrolled as a Year 10 student in 2019

1 April 2019

Ongoing

15 years of age to less than 20 years of age
(age as at 1 April 2019)

Meningococcal ACWY Young Adult Catch Up Program

Must be a Medicare card holder

1 April 2019

Ongoing

 

Where can my child be immunised?

Eligible children can receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for free at Council’s immunisation clinic.  Young adults will also be able to receive this vaccine for free at Council from 1 April 2019 (through the Meningococcal ACWY Young Adult Catch Up Program). The vaccine is also available from GPs.

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