The WA Health Department has extended the free childhood Meningococcal ACWY vaccination through to December 2019
Which vaccines will be used?
Two brands of the MenACWY vaccine will be used. Both vaccines, Nimenrix® and Menveo® protect against the four types of meningococcal bacteria A, C, W and Y and are similar in terms of safety and efficacy.
- Nimenrix® can be given as a single dose to persons from age 12 months.
- Menveo® can be given as a single dose to persons aged from 2 years.
Nimenrix® will be used for children aged 12 months to <2 years of age and Menveo® will be used for children aged from 2 years and adolescents.
Who should have the vaccine?
12 month program:
Children who turn 12 months of age will be able to receive the free vaccine at their 12 month visit.
Catch up program:
Other children aged 13 months to <5 years can contact their immunisation provider to schedule an appointment for their child to get the MenACWY vaccine. Calling ahead for an appointment is important so the provider can make sure they have the vaccine in stock and available. This catch-up program will end on 31 December 2018.
Others who should consider having a meningococcal vaccine include:
- People who plan to travel or live in parts of the world where meningococcal disease is common, such as parts of Africa, or people participating in mass international gatherings such as the Hajj in Mecca. Some countries require provide evidence of vaccination for entry visas.
- Laboratory personnel who frequently handle Neisseria Meningitis
- Household or sexual contacts of a case.
- People who have medical conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) such as:
- defects in or deficiency of complement components, including factor H, factor D or properdin deficiency
- current or future treatment with eculizumab (a monoclonal antibody directed against complement component C5)
- functional or anatomical asplenia
- HIV infection, regardless of stage of disease or CD4+ count
- haematopoietic stem cell transplant
People considering immunisation should seek advice from their local doctor or a travel doctor.
How is the vaccine given?
The MenACWY vaccine can be safely administered in either the upper arm or the upper thigh, depending on the age of the vaccine recipient.
Where can i get vaccinated?
Children aged 12 months to <5 years:
- General practitioner (GP)
- Local community health centre (metropolitan areas)
- Central immunisation service (metropolitan area)
- Population health unit (regional areas)
All eligible Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons:
- Vaccines are available at Aboriginal Medical Services
Please contact your immunisation provider for details or to make an appointment.