Meningococcal disease is any infection caused by meningococcal bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis). It is uncommon but very serious.
About 10 per cent of the population carry meningococcal bacteria in their throat without becoming unwell. These people are known as ‘carriers’, and they can pass the disease on to someone else.
Meningococcal bacteria are passed from person to person by close, prolonged contact. In a small number of people, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause invasive meningococcal disease.
Bendigo UFS Pharmacies are offering the meningococcal ACWY vaccination for $99.95 and UFS members gain a 10% discount. Payment is required at the time of the vaccine being administered. Walk-in appointments are currently available at all Bendigo UFS Pharmacies stores for meningococcal ACWY or pre bookings are available too for meningococcal ACWY and meningococcal B. Please note, a walk-in appointment is not guaranteed.
Who can receive the Meningococcal vaccine?
Bendigo UFS Pharmacies are able to provide the Meningococcal ACWY and Meningococcal B vaccines.
Meningococcal B vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for:
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for:
What is the National Immunisation Program and does Bendigo UFS provide the Meningococcal vaccination as part of the program?
The National Immunisation Program (NIP) was set up by the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments in 1997. The program aims to increase national immunisation coverage to reduce the number of cases of diseases that are preventable by vaccination in Australia. Bendigo UFS Pharmacies vaccinations are all eligible for the program and patients are only required to pay a service fee.
Page updated 2 November 2023