TGA approves new quad vax

A new meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine has been approved by the TGA for infants from two months old, but for now it is only available on private script.

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The combination vaccine provides protection against strains A, C, W and Y.

This is a new indication and is in addition to the vaccine for meningococcal B strain — also only available privately — which is still the most prevalent strain in infants under 12 months.

Currently, the National Immunisation Program (NIP) only covers the meningococcal C vaccine from 12 months of age.

Professor Robert Booy,