Meningococcal B is the cause of 83% of cases of the deadly infection in Australia. There was no vaccine until today. But it will cost you.
Today is the first day a vaccine for Meningococcal B will be on sale.
We have all heard of Meningococcal. And it is the infection that is on the top of the worry list for parents. It targets children under the age of five and young people between 15 and 24 years old. It can also be frighteningly difficult to diagnose, with symptoms at first appearing like a common cold.
And while there is a vaccine for Meningococcal C (there are five strains in total), the most common one, Meningococcal B hasn’t had a vaccine until today.
But it is going to cost you.
$500 to be specific.
To be fully immunised against the strain that causes 83% of cases in Australia, babies will need four $125 vaccinations before blowing out the candles on their second birthday.
While the vaccine for Meningococcal C has been subsidised for years, the pharmaceutical company is still planning on applying to make it free (through a government subsidy). Once this happens, it will become part of the regular vaccinations babies need.
Until then parents will have to find $500 in their budget to ensure their child is one step removed from this deadly infection.
So, is it worth it?
As reported to News Corp, Sydney mum Amanda Whicker says, “I would 110 per cent urge any mum to give their child this vaccine. You can’t put a price on your child’s life, I would find the money.”