By Jessica Howard
Moorabool teens will be offered free vaccines against a potentially deadly strain of meningococcal disease.
Residents aged 15-19 who haven’t been vaccinated against the Meningococcal W strand can receive the free vaccination at the Lerderderg Library in Bacchus Marsh on Saturday July 29.
The free vaccination session, provided by Moorabool Shire Council’s environmental health team, will ensure more of the community is vaccinated by offering the service to teenagers who missed it at school, or don’t attend school.
The Meningococcal W vaccine was this year added to secondary school schedules by the State Government.
Moorabool Shire Mayor, David Edwards said in 2016, the most common strand of invasive meningococcal disease was the W strand.
“Council offering this service to those aged 15 to 19, who didn’t receive it at school, is highly important,” he said.
Booking are essential for the free service, which will commence at 8:30am on Saturday.
Teenagers under the age of 18 must have parental consent to be vaccinated.
A consent form is available on Council’s website under Latest News: www.moorbaool.vic.gov.au and can be printed and scanned.
Consent forms can be brought along on the day or taken into one of Council’s offices in Darley, Lerderderg Library or Ballan prior to July 27.
To make a booking, contact 5366 7100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.