ACT Health will be offering a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to adolescents in Year 10 through a school-based vaccination program. The program will commence in February 2018 to coincide with the start of the school year.
In addition to the school-based program, adolescents aged 16 to 19 years will be eligible to receive the vaccine as a catch-up dose through their GPs in 2018 only. Students in year 10 who miss their vaccine through the school program will be able to receive it through their GP in the same calendar year.
ACT Health will be contacting immunisation providers with further information about the program. For additional information visit the ACT Health Immunisation website (http://www.health.act.gov.au/our-services/immunisation/high-school-immun...) or contact the Immunisation Unit, Health Protection Service on (02) 6205 2300.
To support the implementation of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccination program an educational seminar has been scheduled. The target audience for this seminar is General Practitioners, School Nurses and Practice Nurses. This event has been funded by ACT Health.
Please note: There are limited places for this event. Places will be offered to General Practitioners, School Nurses and Practice Nurses first. Additional places will be offered to other health professionals if available.
The next scheduled Immunisation Seminar will be held on 20 March. Registration for this event will open in mid-February.
- An update on the new ACT funded school-based meningococcal ACWY vaccination program for Year 10 students and 2018 catch-up program for 16 to 19 year olds
- The changing epidemiology of invasive meningococcal disease in Australia
- Different meningococcal vaccinations, current indications and funded programs
- Dr Nigel Crawford Medical Head, Immunisation Services, Department of General Medicine, Director SAEFVIC, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Senior Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
- Dr Vanessa Johnson Public Health Physician, Health Protection Service, ACT Health
- This activity will be submitted to RACGP as a Category 2 Activity (2 CPD points) in the QI & CPD Program for 2017 – 2019 Triennium.
A light dinner will be provided.