Meningococcal immunisation information

UPDATE 3

6th August: We now have stock of both Menactra (24 months to 21 years) and Nimenrix (6 weeks to 23 months) at both Huonville and Cygnet and will be conducting vaccine clinics. To book your child or yourself in please call Huonville on 6264 2800 or Cygnet in 6295 1300. For more information on the vaccines and meningococcal disease please scroll down.

UPDATE 2

31st July: We have received limited stocks of Menactra in both Huonville and Cygnet. Dedicated vaccination clinics will be running daily next week in Huonville – please call us on 6264 2800 to book in. (UPDATE: These clinics are now full. This post will be updated again when more Menactra stock is available.)

Cygnet patients should call the practice on 6295 1333 to arrange an appointment with one of our GPs or practice nurses. Patients already on a waiting list will be contacted this week.

We expect Nimenrix stocks towards the end of the week and will update this post again then. Please scroll down to our post below to find out which vaccine you or your child requires.

UPDATE 1

28th July: Public Health have advised us that vaccine priority will be given to practices in the outbreak area of the Northern suburbs, with supplies of Menactra available to us around midweek, and Nimenrix later next week.

We will update this post again once our vaccines arrive, in the meantime a reminder of meningococcal symptoms:

Image: Department of Health Tasmania

 

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With the recent announcement by the State Government that meningococcal vaccination will be funded for all Tasmanians under the age of 21, we at the Huon Valley Health Centre have been keeping abreast of information surrounding when vaccines will be available, and will update this post as new information comes in. As of posting, the funded vaccines have not arrived, and will cover ACWY (not B) strains.

FREE MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINATION FOR UNDER 21s

Image: Department of a Health Tasmania

-Routine 12 month vaccinations include Nimenrix (meningococcal ACWY) as of July 1st 2018;

-Children aged 6 weeks to 23 months will be eligible to receive Nimenrix (meningococcal ACWY), and require more than one dose if they are under 12 months of age. All doses are funded by the Tasmanian Government;

-Young people aged 24 months to 20 years (born before 1 August 1997) will be eligible to receive Menactra (meningococcal ACWY) and require one dose;

-All Tasmanians aged 21 and over are encouraged to also be vaccinated, and can access vaccines with a prescription from their GP, however must pay for the cost of the vaccine themselves.
More information available here.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

Picture: Sam Rosewarne, The Mercury

President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Huon Valley Health Centre GP, Dr Bastian Seidel, talks about how to deal with meningococcal disease.

1 Consult your GP

“Now is not the time for generalised advice. The appropriate advice really is to seek specific information from your usual GP to see what vaccinations would be appropriate for you.

“The most important thing people can do right now is to contact their usual GP to really ask about specific, individual advice on how they can protect themselves and whether a vaccination is the appropriate way for them.”

2 Get vaccinated

“There often is no one size fits all approach, the best way to [protect] yourself from suffering from meningococcal disease is to have the vaccinations.

“There are different types of vaccinations available, and some people might have already had one vaccination, other people might not have had the vaccination.

“Vaccinations are available over the age of six weeks … there are various vaccines available, there are various schedules available, the schedule depends on the age of the person as well.

“It’s very different for a six-year-old compared to a 60-year-old person.

“[Once you have a prescription,] the vaccinations, I believe, are still very much available in Tasmania from the chemist.”

3 Don’t panic

“There is no need to panic, but it is absolutely appropriate for communities to seek advice.”

We also recommend using standard hygiene practices: covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue and throwing it away, washing hands regularly and avoiding close contact with others when unwell.

“What you should do” content from article originally appearing here.

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