Spending about $800 on meningococcal vaccines for my two children did make for a sad outlook on our Christmas budget – but what about the parents who don’t have a spare grand lying around?
In the past week alone two babies in WA fell ill with the W strain of the deadly bug and less than a month ago a child died from the disease.
So far five West Australians have lost their lives to meningococcal disease.
With 41 infections to date in WA, the number of of people falling ill with the disease has almost doubled compared to last year and the highest incident rate, accounting for nearly half on cases, was in children aged 0 to four years old.
Teenagers aged between 15 and 19 receive a free combined vaccination against the A, C, W and Y strands through school or university as part of the recently introduced WA Meningococcal ACWY program. Babies only receive a vaccine against the C strand at 12 months.
My kids are three and five, so…