During the next six months, more than 1000 Moira Shire teenagers will be offered free lifesaving meningococcal vaccinations.
Students will receive the free vaccine at school-based sessions, special after-hours sessions or by attending any infant immunisation session in the shire.
Moira Shire’s community development manager Georgia Hills said any teen aged 15 to 19 who missed their school-based immunisation day or did not attend school could attend one of council’s after-hours sessions.
‘‘These sessions will be held in Nathalia and Numurkah in August and Yarrawonga and Cobram in September,’’ Ms Hills said.
‘‘Only the meningococcal vaccine will be offered at these sessions.
‘‘All young people receiving the vaccine will be protected against the W strain of the disease, as well as the other three strains A, C and the increasing Y.
‘‘This age group was chosen by the government on recommendation of national immunisation experts as teens are at high risk of meningococcal disease and more likely to spread the disease to others.’’
There has recently been a spike in the number of meningococcal W cases, with 48 cases reported in Victoria in 2016, up from just one in 2013. The W strain is now the most dominant strain of meningococcal disease, which can be deadly.
●Nathalia Maternal and Child Health Centre on Wednesday, August 23 from 5.30pm to 6pm, plus:
●Numurkah Maternal and Child Health Centre from 7.30pm to 8pm;
●Yarrawonga Maternal and Child Health Centre on Wednesday, September 13 from 5.30pm to 6pm, plus:
●Cobram Maternal and Child Health Centre from 7.30pm to 8pm.
●Phone the council on 58719222 for more information on the sessions.