Lachy Wright, 18-year-old Frankston teenager almost died when he contracted the B strain of the meningococcal disease.
His mild symptoms progressed quickly and within 2 days was taken to the hospital & placed in a coma. He has been vaccinated against strains A, C, W and Y but not the B vaccine. Eligibility criteria to receive the B vaccine is decided by the federal government but some states have implemented their own state-funded programs of providing free access to the B vaccine. Lachy and his parents are advocating for the Victorian government to implement a similar program.
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