Meningococcal Immunisation

Meningococcal Information

Meningococcal disease is a rare but life-threatening disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis (also known as meningococcal bacteria).

Meningococcal disease commonly appears as an infection of the blood or an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The infection can develop quickly and can cause serious illness, lasting damage and death, therefore early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics is vital.

Immunisation is the best protection against meningococcal disease.

Please note: The Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program provides a free meningococcal vaccine to infants at 12 months of age.

The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services have established a program to immunise all Tasmanians who are at least six weeks old and born after 1 August, 1997. The vaccine will cover the meningococcal strains A, C, W and Y. There is no cost for this service.

At this stage, meningococcal immunisation is only available in selected Tasmanian pharmacies for those aged between 10 and 21 years. It is recommended that you speak with your pharmacist or doctor prior to booking your appointment.

General information only. This information does not replace the information provided by your healthcare professional. Information current as at date of publishing. Report any errors to


For more information about Meningococcal and immunisation, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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