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Meningococcal B Immunisation Program

From 1 October 2018 the State Government funded Meningococcal B Immunisation Program will provide free meningococcal B vaccines to children and young people as they are at increased risk of developing meningococcal B infection.

Eligibility

From 1 October 2018 children aged 6 weeks of age up to four years of age  will be able to access free meningococcal B vaccine through immunisation service providers.

The meningococcal B vaccine will offered as part of an ongoing program for babies up to 12 months of age, with a catch up program for children aged over 12 months to less than four years from 1 October 2018- 31 December 2019.

From February 2019 free meningococcal B vaccine will be offered  as an ongoing program as part of the  School Immunisation Program for Year 10 students, with a catch up program for Year 11 students for 2019.

A catch up program offering meningococcal B vaccine will also be available through immunisation providers for individuals aged from 17 to less than 21 years of age in 2019.

Summary of Meningococcal B Immunisation Program:

Age Program Category Program start date Program Availability

Six weeks to less than one year of  age

Meningococcal B Childhood Program:

1 October 2018

 Ongoing

Greater than one year of age to less than four years of age

Meningococcal B Catch Up Childhood Program

1 October 2018

1 October 2018 -31 December 2019

15 and 16 years of age

Meningococcal B Year 10 Catch Up School Immunisation Program

1 February 2019

ongoing

16 and 17 years of age

Meningococcal B Year 11 Catch Up School Immunisation Program

1 February 2019

31 December 2019

Greater than 17 years of age to less than 21 years of age

Meningococcal B Young Adult Catch Up Program

1 February 2019

31 December 2019

Program vaccines

Bexsero® vaccine will be used in the childhood program.

Bexsero® or Trumenba® will be used for the School Immunisation Program and under 21 year old catch up programs

Meningococcal B Vaccine Herd Immunity Study

Individuals who were in Years 10-12 from 2017 and 2018 may have already had the meningococcal B vaccination through the Meningococcal B Vaccine Herd Immunity Study-“B Part of It”.

Check with your B Part of it Immunisation Providers to check immunisation history or for  more information visit www.bpartofit.com.au

South Australian Meningococcal B Expert Working Group

The South Australian Meningococcal B Expert Working Group has been tasked with advising the Minister for Health and Wellbeing regarding the optimal meningococcal vaccination program for South Australia. Read the full report here.

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