Low uptake of free Men B vaccine in SA

The state was the first to offer the vax for free in October last year

Up to one-third of South Australia's children and young adults are missing out on protection from the B strain meningococcal disease, health authorities say.


SA Health's communicable disease control director Dr Louise Flood says the uptake of a free vaccine program has been disappointing.

So far only about 70% of the required number of doses to protect children up to the age of four and young adults aged 17 to 21 have been distributed since the program started in October last year.

“South Australia is the first state