The first Northern meningococcal clinic was deemed a success by the state government.
The free meningococcal vaccination clinic for stains A, C, W, and Y took place on Saturday at Launceston’s Albert Hall.
The clinics aim to reduce the number of meningococcal cases throughout the state.
Health minister Michael Ferguson said the clinic was very successful, with more than 700 people having attended.
The vaccinations are available to those aged between six weeks and 21 years, born after August 1, 1997.
For those who have not yet been vaccinated and unable to attend the clinic, free vaccinations are available from GPs, at participating pharmacists for children aged 10 and above, and council clinics.
“It is important that every Tasmanian in the target age group receives a vaccine,” Mr Ferguson said.
Infants, children, and young people are at a higher risk of catching meningococcal disease than adults.
Immunising this group will both protect them from the ACWY strains and help to reduce the spread of the disease through the general population.
Clinics will take place at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre on October 20, and Devonport’s Parnaple Centre on October 27.
Bookings can be made online through TryBooking during the week before they are held. Visit www.health.tas.gov.au for information.
- If you think you or someone you care for may have meningococcal disease, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.