Campaign urges patients to seek GP advice on meningoccocal vax

Government-funded video released following death of seven-year-old boy

Parents have been urged to ensure children are vaccinated against all strains of meningococcal disease following an upswing in cases and the recent death of a seven-year-old boy.

The Australian Academy of Science, an organisation aimed at fostering quality research and science, has made the call to vaccinate following the death of the boy from meningococcal disease in south-west Sydney in late October.

It also released an educational video for consumers and doctors, made in association with the federal health department, featuring prominent immunisation specialists such as Professor Robert Booy from the National Centre for Immunisation Research at the University of Sydney.

“We had a surge in W (strain) leading to nearly 150 cases last year and a surge in Y (strain) leading to 75 cases last year,” Professor Booy says.

In the video, Professor Allen Cheng from Melbourne