State-funded meningococcal vaccine welcomed: AMA (WA)

State-funded meningococcal vaccine welcomed: AMA (WA)


Tuesday 23 January 2018

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The Australian Medical Association (WA) has welcomed the WA Government’s decision to expand the state-funded meningococcal vaccine program to include young children.

 

“This is a fantastic initiative that will go a long way in protecting young children in our community,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said today.

 

“Meningococcal infections have continued to rise in WA, culminating in the needless and tragic deaths of five West Australians in 2017.

 

“This is a disease that not only kills, it can also result in permanent life-changing disabilities if not treated.

 

“The WA Government has already distinguished itself as a leader in this space by providing free ACWY vaccinations to teenagers.

 

“This announcement will ensure we remain a step ahead of this insidious disease, and by protecting the most vulnerable in our community, the State Government has demonstrated that it is committed to improving health outcomes in WA,” Dr Khorshid said.

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