Posted on 22nd April, 2021
Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterial infection, which affects the nose and upper part of the throat. In some cases it will enter the blood and infect distant parts of the body. Severe meningococcal disease has a high fatality rate and often can lead to permanent ongoing problems (nerve damage, loss of limbs, etc). The strains A, B, C, W and Y are the most common to cause disease.
In WA, Pharmacists can administer the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to adults and children over the age of 16 years old, with no prescription necessary. Infants and teenagers receive the MenACWY vaccine as part of the National Immunisation Program, where doses are given at 12 months of age, and then again between 14 and 16 years old.
Adults travelling to endemic areas, or to large social gatherings, are recommended to have the MenACWY vaccination.
Speak to one of our Pharmacists today, or check with your GP, about whether a catch-up vaccination may be required.