ACWY Vaccine

Information about the vaccine for 18 and 19 year olds

The Western Australian Government in January 2017 announced that a vaccination program for teenagers aged between 15 and 19 years of age would be given to them to protect them against the potentially deadly meningococcal W strain.

The Western Australian Government in January 2017 announced that a vaccination program for teenagers aged between 15 and 19 years of age would be given to them to protect them against the potentially deadly meningococcal W strain.
The 15 to 19 year age group is considered to be the most socially active group of all children. They are normally involved in travelling in large sporting groups, dance parties and prolonged social gatherings. They are more likely to be involved in deep kissing, sharing drinks, and cigarettes. Meningococcal and meningitis can also be caught through people sneezing and coughing on each other.

In recent years we have seen an increase in the “W” strain which has led to the hospitalisation of people, and unfortunately the death in some.

You will be vaccinated against 4 potentially deadly strains of meningococcal known as Meningococcal A, B, C, W -135 and Y. It is ONE dose that you will receive and will last for approximately 5 years.
Common in 1 in 10 people

  • Pain, redness or swelling around the injection site.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Drowsiness or feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Diarrhoea, vomiting, or nausea
  • Bruising at the injection site.

As with all vaccines given by injection there is a very small risk of a serious allergic reaction. This usually happens within hours, but may occur days to weeks after vaccination. If any of the following happen tell your doctor or nurse immediately or go to hospital.

If you are at university you will be able to get your immunisation at the health clinic on campus. However if you are working or are not at university you can get immunised at your local health clinic and we recommend you make an appointment beforehand to avoid delays. Please bring your Medicare card and some form of identification or go to the Central Immunisation Clinic.

Central Immunisation Clinic
16 Rheola Street West Perth
9321 1312.

You can also now get your free vaccination at your local GP. Call first to ensure they bulk bill you.

All 15 and 19 year old Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders can be vaccinated throughout 2017 at Aboriginal Medical Services.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service
156 Wittenoom Street
East Perth WA 6004
(08) 9421 3888

You will be asked to show your Medicare card and perhaps some form of identification.
If you go to an immunisation clinic this vaccination is FREE. In October 2017, when you visit a GP the vaccination will be free but the doctor may charge a consultation fee, we suggest you ask first. You will be asked to produce your Medicare card and perhaps some form of identification.
It is estimated the ACWY vaccine stays in the body for about 5 years.
The Meningococcal C vaccine is offered as part of the National Immunisation Plan for free to children 12 months of age. It is time to get a booster.
The Meningococcal B vaccine is also available, but it is not free. If you are wanting to be vaccinated against Men B at the same time, it is advised you speak to your doctor first, as to whether you should have this vaccination at the same time.
Click here for the signs and symptoms of meningitis and meningococcal. Please do NOT wait for a rash to occur before seeking medical advice, as a rash doesn’t always appear.
If you suspect you or a loved one might have this disease seek medical treatment urgently! Do not waste time, as this is a disease that can kill within 24 hours. If you are unwell please ask your doctor "Could it be meningococcal or meningitis?"
Please look around our website, as it contains a variety of information on the disease but if you would like to speak to someone or receive our brochures and pamphlets, please call between 8am – 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on 1800 250 223.