The meningococcus is a bacterium that can be found at the back of the throat or in the nose, in about 10% of the community at any given time.
Although most people who carry these bacteria remain quite well, they are able to spread the bacteria to others, a few of whom may become very ill.
A free Meningococcal C vaccine is available for all 1-5 year olds. Please read the meningococcal immunisation page or call the Immunisation Unit on (02) 6205 2300.
Meningococcal disease is a notifiable disease in the ACT. The Communicable Disease Control section is responsible for the investigation and surveillance of notifiable conditions in the ACT in order to control or prevent their spread in the community. This includes the promotion of immunisation, education and other strategies that help to limit the spread of diseases.
Early treatment of meningococcal disease is essential and could be life-saving. For further information consult your doctor, or call: health direct on 1800 022 222 (24 hours)
- Meningococcal disease fact sheet
- Ciprofloxacin fact sheet Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic for close contacts of a person with meningococcal disease.
- Rifampicin fact sheet Rifampicin is an antibiotic for close contacts of a person with meningococcal disease.