Two states are now funding the MenW vaccine

The rise of hypervirulent meningococcal serogroup W has prompted two states to offer free immunisation programs for vulnerable teens.

NSW and Western Australia have announced schools-based immunisation programs as the Commonwealth continues to mull over advice that the W strain is rapidly overtaking C and B as the main cause of invasive meningococcal disease.

Pressure is growing for funding of a four-antigen vaccine (A, C, W and Y) under the National Immunisation Program which currently only offers free