Did you miss the free meningococcal vaccinations sessions held at BSSC earlier this term?
The City of Greater Bendigo is still offering these vaccinations for young people aged 15-19 at the following sessions:
- 30 am – 3.30 pm Thursday 5 October Bendigo Neighbourhood Hub, 155 Crook Street, Strathdale
- 12 pm to 4.30 pm Monday 16 October at Headspace, 78-80 Pall Mall, Bendigo
- 12 pm to 4.30 pm Monday 20 November at Headspace, 78-80 Pall Mall, Bendigo
You do not need to book for these sessions – just turn up.
The free vaccine is being offered as part of a program the Victorian Government has introduced to combat a recent rise in cases of deadly strains of meningococcal disease. There were 48 cases of the previously rare ‘W’ strain in 2016, up from just one in 2013. Young people receiving the meningococcal vaccine will be protected against the W strain of the disease, as well as three other strains C, A and Y. Although uncommon, meningococcal disease can become life-threatening very quickly.
After initial flu-like symptoms, which can include sensitivity to light, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting or mental confusion, a rash of red or purple pinprick spots or larger bruises can appear. If somebody close to you experiences these signs and symptoms, and seems sicker than you would expect with a normal infection, seek medical help immediately. Invasive meningococcal disease causes death in about five to 10 per cent of cases.
Fifteen to 19 year-olds are the most common age group to carry meningococcal disease.
The vaccine is free until 31 December 2017 at the council immunisation sessions or you can see your GP.