Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious and life-threatening infection caused by a bacterium known as Neisseria Meningitidis. There are 13 different strains which can cause disease with A, B, C, W and Y being the most predominant. The disease is spread easily through everyday behaviours such as coughing, sneezing, kissing and living in close quarters.
Approximately 10% of the general population will carry the bacteria at some time without falling unwell however in a small number of people the bacteria can develop into disease. Age groups at highest risk are under-2 year olds and adolescents and young adults aged 15-24 years.
The frequency of Meningococcal disease in Australia and the predominant strains naturally fluctuate year to year and from state to state. From July 2018, the Australian National Immunisation Program was updated to include infant vaccinations against meningococcal serogroups A, C, W and Y – but not B.
Turn The Corner stocks Bexsero to protect against Meningococcal B and this is recommended for anyone who wants protection from Meningococcal disease caused by this strain. The cost of the vaccine is currently $160 plus a small nurse fee.
If you wish to book an appointment for a Meningococcal B vaccine, simply select the “Immunisation” appointment type on HotDoc. Otherwise you are welcome to discuss the suitability of the vaccine at your next appointment with your favourite Turn The Corner doctor.