Aboriginal Meningococcal W Immunisation Program

The Aboriginal Meningococcal W Immunisation Program is in response to an increase in recent months of meningococcal infection caused by Neisseria meningitidis serotype W (MenW) in Central Australia including the APY lands.

This program will be offered up until September 2018


Aboriginal children and adolescents aged 12 months up to 19 years living in the following areas:

  • Eyre and Far North Region: APY lands, Marla, Mintibi, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Oak Valley, Yalata, Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Elliston, Port Lincoln, Cummins, Tumby Bay, Cleve, Cowell, Kimba, Wudinna.
  • Flinders and Upper North Region: Maree, Andamooka, Roxby Downs, Leigh Creek, Hawker, Quorn, Port Augusta, Whyalla.

Residents who are away during the program can have MenW vaccination from a local health provider at their own cost, or access the free vaccine on their return to the regions within the program timeframe.

Where to get immunised

To receive vaccines contact your doctor, local council, community health centre or Aboriginal Health Service to arrange an appointment.

Further information

For further information on the Aboriginal Meningococcal W Immunisation Program, contact your doctor or immunisation service provider.

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