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).


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