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Health Warning For Melbourne As Disease Spreads

Meningococcal is circulating widely across Australia with a surge in the numbers of people falling ill fuelled by a spike in the W-strain.

And now, Australian children will be able to get a lifesaving jab from just two months old.

Previously, parents have had to wait 12 months to get a vaccine, but the Therapeutic Goods Administration has now approved the GSK Menveo (r) vaccine for use from two months old.

Experts have been left baffled by the increase n meningococcal but Sydney University’s infectious disease specialist Professor Robert Booy said it’s believed the horror influenza season is contributing to the problem.

People can carry the meningococcal bacteria in their throat without being sick but the flu can cause the bacteria to invade the bloodstream and develop the disease.

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