Immunisation Schedule frequently asked question

An adolescent has had a dose of MenACWY (conjugate or polysaccharide) vaccine in the past and is now eligible for a dose of MenACWY vaccine through the state-based program. Should they receive this dose?

Yes. Eligible adolescents can receive a dose of MenACWY vaccine through a state-based program if they have been vaccinated with MenACWY vaccine in the past (with at least 8 weeks since the last dose), even if the previous dose was within the past 5 years.

Repeat vaccination can offer a benefit by boosting immunity, and does not increase the risk of experiencing side effects. Adolescents who have previously received a polysaccharide meningococcal vaccine (at any age), which would have provided protection for only a limited period, can be vaccinated with MenACWY vaccine now, provided that at least 6 months have passed since they received the last dose of polysaccharide vaccine.