13 Feb 2020

Appeal for youth to get free ACWY meningoccal vaccination

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 13 February 2020
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As thousands of university students check in to halls of residences around the country and students back at boarding school, a public medicine specialist is urging young people consider the free meningococcal ACWY vaccination. It is now free of charge for 13 to 25 year olds in close living situations, including boarding school hostels, military barracks, prisons and tertiary education student halls of residence. Pharmac deputy medical director, Dr Pete Murray says clinical experts have concluded the most at risk group is teenagers and young adults living in close confines.