Meningococcal disease has been in the news and media a lot lately. There are many different strains and vaccines which can add to the confusion. To put it simply… Meningococcal disease is a serious illness which is usually spread by respiratory droplet. There are many strains and the incidence of each strain is changing in Australia.
The strains we see most are:
- C – currently, this vaccination is given to 12 month old babies on the National Immunisation Program
- ACWY – this is a new strain we used to see predominantly in Africa and the Middle East. The incidence in Australia is increasing with international migration.
- B – this strain has been prevalent in Australia for years, but the vaccine is costly and relatively new and not on the National Immunisation Program.
Different age groups are at risk of different strains. Vaccines are available for all strains. It is best to talk to your doctor about which vaccine is recommended for you.
To find out more about Meningococcal, or if you have any concerns, call our Windsor clinic now on 3357 8192.