In Australia there are five main strains of meningococcal disease, BACYW.
There is a vaccine available for all of these strains:
Meningococcal C conjugate vaccine – this protects ONLY against the C strain. It is recommended for all children at age 12 months and is part of the free National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Meningococcal B now has a vaccine and is available by private script from your GP. This vaccine is not subsidised by the Government. This vaccine ONLY protects against the B strain.
Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine protects against strains ACYW only – see links below for more details.