NSW is continuing to implement a meningococcal ACWY school-based vaccination program that will provide protection against meningococcal serogroups A, C and Y as well as W. This is in response to the emergence of meningococcal W as a significant cause of invasive meningococcal disease in Australia in 2016. Evidence suggests that this strain of the disease is more severe than other types.
In 2018 the program is being offered to students in Years 10 and 11 in all secondary schools in NSW.
In 2019 the program will be offered to students in Year 10 in all secondary schools in NSW.
To ensure all older adolescents have the opportunity to be protected, those aged from 15 to 19 years who have not received their meningococcal ACWY vaccine at school are encouraged to see their GP before the end of 2018 for a free vaccine.