Disease cluster prompts free meningococcal W vaccine

Federal government seen as lagging as states provide vaccine to at-risk groups

GPs are to offer free vaccine against meningococcal ACWY strains to gay men in Victoria following a cluster of cases of disease in men who have sex with men (MSM).

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Health Victoria launched the program from 11 December after eight cases of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) due to serogroup C were identified since May 2017 across Melbourne, almost all in MSM, and with evidence of local transmission.

In response, the state health department is providing free 4vMenCV (Menactra) for all

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