The Andrews Labor Government is extending a free meningococcal vaccination program so even more young Victorians can be protected against the deadly disease. This follows the inaction from the Turnbull Government which continues to shirk its responsibility leaving young people behind in the fight against this disease.

Visiting Traralgon Secondary College, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy MP announced there would be free meningococcal vaccines for all young people in Year 10 of secondary school, as well as those young people not in secondary school but of an equivalent age (15 or 16 years old).

They will be able to get the vaccine at school, at their GP or through their local council immunisation session and they’ll be protected against four strains of meningococcal disease, ‘A’, ‘C’, ‘W’ and ‘Y’.

“Our local schools, GPs and councils will be working with students and families to offer this free life-saving vaccine to young Victorians, and help protect the wider community by reducing the spread of the disease.”