Vaccine Clinic Details
Who can have the vaccine?
All students (Australian and international) aged 15-19 are eligible for the free vaccine.
Is there a cost?
There is no cost for the vaccine.
Medicare eligible students will have the consultation charged directly to Medicare (bulk billed) – so no out of pocket expense.
Students who are non-medicare eligible will be charged a nominal service fee of $15 which they may get refunded from their health fund. This is payable at the time of vaccination.
Wednesday 16th August 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Monday 21st and 28th August 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 23rd and 30th August 1.45pm – 5.00pm
ND6 Student Recreation Hall (Mout Street)
Do I need to make an appointment?
There is no need to make an appointment. We will have plenty of staff on duty so even if there is a bit of a queue, the wait shouldn’t be too long. Having the vaccine itself only takes a few minutes, but we will need you to stay with us for around 10 minutes afterwards. We’ll have one of our friendly staff members on hand to check in with when you arrive, to answer any questions you may have.
The consent form has some additional useful information for you to refer to. Make sure you download and complete it, and bring it with you on the day.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have their vaccine on campus?
We ask that those who faint when receiving vaccines or giving blood do not come to the campus clinic to have their vaccine. It is not an appropriate venue for us to give you the additional care and attention you need. Please contact our medical centre after August 16th to make an appointment to see us there. This will not involve additional costs.
Likewise if you are someone with a complicated medical history or a history of severe anaphylactic reaction, seeing us at our medical centre for vaccination is recommended and preferred. We reserve the right on the day to refuse vaccination to anyone for whom we feel it is clinically inappropriate.
What if I can’t attend on the clinic days?
We would really encourage you to attend one of the campus clinics, but appreciate that some of you may be unwell that week or have other commitments. If you miss the campus clinics, you are welcome to make an appointment at our medical centre after August 21st to have it there. This will not involve additional costs.
What is meningococcal disease?
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection of the blood and brain/spinal cord membranes, spread from respiratory secretions by coughing and sneezing. It can affect any age group but is most common in 15-19 year olds. Around 10% of healthy people carry the bacteria in their nose or throat without being unwell but in rare cases it can cause serious infections leading to long term disability and death.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, neck stiffness, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting and a rash. The disease can progress rapidly so anyone with symptoms should consult a doctor or emergency department immediately.
About the vaccine
The vaccine is safe and effective. It has been used for many years, mainly in travellers. It does not contain any live bacteria and cannot cause meningococcal disease.
Most common vaccine side effects include pain, redness and swelling at the injection site. Less commonly you may experience fever, headache, nausea, drowsiness and rash. These are usually mild and self-limiting and usually relieved by paracetamol.
Serious general vaccine side effects are extremely rare. This could include a very high fever, or an allergic reaction. Urgent medical attention would be recommended.