Last year, there were 281 cases of meningococcal disease in Australia. The deadly B strain was a factor in 119 cases, the W strain in 100, and the Y strain in 45.
Despite the B strain being the most fatal, South Australia is the only state where it is provided free of charge. In New South Wales the three shots can cost up to $500.
Professor Robert Booy said, “Thousands of Australians are dying from diseases like meningococcal disease while the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) decides which vaccines should be added to the list”.
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