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Keeping Ceduna Meningococcal Free

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More than 3000 people across the Ceduna district have been vaccinated against Meningococcal W, following a free immunisation program.

The program was implemented by SA Health in response to several recent cases of the disease in the area.

SA Health Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paddy Phillips said immunising the community was key to stopping the spread of disease.

“Evidence shows that immunisation is the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases.

“The community response to this meningococcal W immunisation program has been amazing and will go a long way in preventing further cases of this disease,” he said.

Ceduna Hospital Director of Nursing Andrew Lane said some clinics will continue to offer free Meningococcal W vaccinations for those residents who missed the initial sessions, or those with young children requiring a follow-up vaccine.

“These clinics will be available for people living in Ceduna, Thevenard, Denial Bay, Koonibba, Smoky Bay, Yalata, Oak Valley, Scotdesco and Penong,” Mr Lane said.

“People can either drop-in or call to book a time and the vaccination should only take 10minutes.

“Please bring your driver’s license, or an ID card with your address, along with your Medicare card when you come,” she said.

Immunisation clinics are located at:
  • Ceduna GP Plus (8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Tullawon Health Service (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Oak Valley Health Service (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

More information about meningococcal disease, including symptoms, treatment and prevention, can be found at sahealth.sa.gov.au.