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South Australian children aged three years and under will receive free vaccines for meningococcal B, the state government says.

South Australian children aged three and younger will receive free vaccinations against the potentially deadly meningococcal B disease under a new state government program, reports SBS news.

The policy will provide immunisations for children aged up to 12 months as well as catch-up programs for children aged under four years and, later, adolescents.

“It currently costs parents up to $500 for a full vaccination course to immunise their children – a cost which is out of reach for many,” Health Minister Stephen Wade said on Wednesday.

The vaccinations will be available from GP doctors from October 1 for infants and children, and from early 2019 for students in years 10 and 11, as well as young people aged between 17 and 20.

SA Health’s chief medical officer, Professor Paddy Phillips, said the program targeted the people who were most at risk.

“We know that meningococcal B disease occurs more frequently in infants and children up to four years of age and young adults aged between 15 to 20 years of age,” he said.

Prof Phillips said there has been 372 cases of meningococcal B in the state since 2000, with 60 per cent of those cases in people aged under 21.

Let’s hope all states implement this as well.

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  • There is big age gaps in this arrangement. Are they going to include people with medical conditions that make them more vulnerable?

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  • Well done!!! They have just started offering ACWY in tassie after a recent spike in cases. Hopefully they will soon offer the B!!!

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  • Well done SA. This needs to be nation wide!

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  • Well done SA. Now the rest of Australia needs to follow

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  • Good job south Australia leading the way.

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  • Well done to SA and often these initiatives spread to other states and territories – let’s hope so.

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  • That’s great! But what about all other states! I think every child should be provided this as it could save a child’s life.

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  • Amazing. Let’s hope all other States and Territories will soon follow South Australia!!

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