Meningococcal B cases rising in Australia, vaccine not free

ABC News March 2, 2024, 09:00 PM UTC

Summary: Meningococcal B cases are rising in Australia, with 1 in 10 resulting in death and 1 in 4 causing permanent disability. The vaccine isn't free in most states, but there are calls to add it to the childhood immunization schedule. Urgent medical attention is crucial, as symptoms can rapidly escalate. Meningococcal B is the main strain in Australia, with over 100 cases in 2023. Some states offer free vaccines, while others require payment.

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