From Registered Nurse, Adele Cutbush, Waverley College Health Centre
As mentioned in Nurrunga earlier this year NSW Health are offering Year 11 and 12 students a free dose of Meningococcal ACWY vaccination. It was announced that there would be a free vaccine offered to combat the rise of the W strain cases and protect these students from the potentially fatal disease.
Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening illness caused by a number of different strains of the bacterium Neisseria Meningitides. This bacterium, spread through coughing, sneezing or close contact with infected people, can cause septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord).
Up to 1 in 10 patients with invasive meningococcal disease in Australia dies. Of those who survive, 1 in 30 have severe skin scarring or loss of limbs, and 1 in 30 has severe brain damage.
The confirmed date for these vaccinations will be on Friday 21 July, 2017 in the first week of Term 3. The school is still awaiting the information and consent packs to be sent from Public Health. As soon as we receive the packs they will be distributed to the Year 11 and 12 students to take home to their parents/guardians. When you receive these packs please be sure to read all of the information carefully and fill out the appropriate documentation. The packs can then be returned by the student to the Health Centre as soon as possible.
Please do not hesitate to give me call at the Health Centre on (02) 9369 0644 between 8-4pm Monday to Friday if you have any questions or concerns.
2017 Vaccination Program update
The Public Health Unit of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District of the NSW Department of Health has sent through information on the vaccination program for 2017. This is of particular interest to parents of Year 7, Year 11 and Year 12 students.
The information is available to download below.
|Letter from NSW Department of Health||Download|