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Book in for your Meningococcal W vaccination these holidays

Thursday, 13 April 2017

People from the Ceduna district who are yet to receive their free meningococcal W vaccination are being encouraged to book an appointment before the end of the month.

Immunisation clinics were held across the district over the past two months and some sites have continued to offer vaccinations for those residents who missed the initial sessions.

Ceduna Hospital Director of Nursing Andrew Lane urged locals to take advantage of the school holiday break and call to book an appointment for their vaccination.

“We’ve already immunised over 3,000 people in the district, which is a fantastic result,” said Mr Lane.

“However, there are still a number of people in the community who have not received a free vaccination. That’s why we’re urging people to remind their friends, family and neighbours to get their jab by the end of April.”

Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Officer Zell Dodd said young children required a course of two to three vaccinations, so it is important to book an appointment now if they still had not received the initial jab.

“This is an opportunity to protect not only ourselves, but the wider community, so again I strongly encourage people to make an appointment as soon as they can,” Ms Dodd said.

“People should call one of the clinics to book a time and the vaccination won’t take long. Please bring your driver’s license, or an ID card with your address, along with your Medicare card when you come.”

Immunisation clinics are located at Ceduna GP Plus (8626 2160), Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service (8626 2500), Tullawon Health Service (8625 6237) and the Oak Valley Health Service (8670 4207).

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

Prior to December 2016, there had not been a notified case of meningococcal W disease in the Ceduna region since records started in 1990.

More information about meningococcal disease can be found at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.

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