Date published: 
2 October 2018
Intended audience: 
General public
Teenage girl post vaccination

The Australian Government will invest $52 million to protect Australian teenagers, aged 14-19, against meningococcal through the launch of a free national vaccination program.

Over 1 million teenagers will receive the free meningococcal A, C W and Y vaccine over the next four years under a school based program.

Last year there were 382 cases of the infection across Australia with 28 deaths – more than double the reported cases and fatalities of 2015.

From April 2019, the vaccine will be available through the National Immunisation Program.

To find out more please see media release.