Meningococcal vaccine will soon be free for teenagers nationwide
The Federal Government has pledged to fund free meningococcal vaccinations for teenagers from April next year as deaths from the infection reach a 10-year high.
The combined four-strain meningococcal vaccine, MenACWY, will be added to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and offered at no cost to teenagers aged 14-19 Australia-wide.
The move follows the PBAC recommendation for adolescent vaccination in July.
Several states have already funded meningococcal vaccination programs — including NSW, Victoria, Queensland, the ACT and Tasmania —