FOLLOWING the Health Department establishing the Statewide Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination Program, Kelvale Medical Group is working to support this program and assist in achieving its aims.
The centre is currently performing vaccinations offered under this scheme and associated consultations free of charge to those aged between 15 and 19 years of age.
“Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria that are spread in much the same way as the common cold,” Kelvale Medical Group head of preventative medicine promotion Dr Leif Thonell said.
“It can seem like a cold or flu but can quickly become worse with the disease known to progress rapidly.
“Whilst it is rare, meningococcal disease can be severe and cause death or permanent disability.
“As a result of the socially interactive lifestyle of those between the ages of 15 to 19 this age group possesses some of the highest rates of meningococcal carriage and illness.”
There are different types of vaccines that prevent infection from the five different types of the meningococcus bacteria found in Australia.
The vaccine against type C for age one year and the vaccines against types A, C, W and Y for ages 15-19 years are both free, and the vaccine against type B for over eight weeks requires payment and a doctor’s prescription.
All other age groups can be vaccinated, however you will need to pay for them and obtain a prescription from a doctor.
Kelvale Medical Group in Kelmscott has appointments available every day so getting to see a doctor to have your meningococcal vaccine is easy
The centre specialises in vaccinations including yellow fever and other travel vaccinations and welcomes the opportunity to discuss your own vaccination needs.
To book an appointment, call 9495 1230 or visit www.kelvale.com.au.