Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal Disease – vaccines now available! Book online or call for an appointment now.
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection of the blood (septicemia) and/or the coverings of the spinal cord and blood (meningitis)
It can progress very quickly to a life threatening illness. In the early stages symptoms can be non specific and difficult to recognize. They include fever, headaches, neck stiffness, vomiting, muscular aches and a spotty red-purple rash. If these symptoms/signs are present, seek immediate medical attention.
How Common is Meningococcal Disease in WA?
in 2014 – 18 cases
in 2015 – 15 cases
in 2016 – 23 cases
What are the “Types” of Meningococcal?
There are five main “types” of Meningococcal disease – A, B, C, W, Y
In 2014  there were 13 cases of B, 2 cases of C. 2 W and 1 Y.
In 2015 there were 9 cases of B, 4 W and 2 Y.
In 2016 there were 6 cases of B, 12 W, 2 Y and 3 other.
Age Group – the ages most prone to meningococcal disease are children under 4 and teenagers and young adults age 15-24.
Current vaccinations are available. 
1. Meningococcal C – in normal immunization schedule at 12 months.
2. New WA programme fro ACWY for 15 – 19 year olds.
Private Vaccines – these are available for Meningococcal B and ACWY.  These vaccines are not free.  They are currently available so call for an appointment to discuss with your Doctor.
Is There Treatment?
Meningococcal Disease can be treated with antibiotics but it must be treated early!  Currently, if infected, 10% will die and 20% will be left with significant long term complications.
For more information, see your GP at Grantham House Medical Practice and go to
http://www.meningococcal.org.au/
http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/

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