By Georgia Holland
Parents of Year 11 and 12 students across the Snowy Mountains are being urged to check school bags this week for consent forms for a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to protect their children against the rare but deadly disease.
The State Government’s $9 million Meningococcal Response Program was introduced due to an unprecedented outbreak of the disease in Australia.
It is now the most common strain of the disease in Australia, with cases in NSW virtually tripling from nine in 2015 to 26 last year.
It also has triple the mortality rate of other strains.