B Part of It
B Part of It has been rolled out in stages across South Australia during 2017 and 2018. A total of 238 schools participated, giving all year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to participate and receive the MenB vaccine (Bexsero) free. Each school registered was visited by immunisation nurses between April and June 2017, where students received a throat swab and half received their first vaccination.
Student throat swabs have now been completed across the state and second round vaccinations are currently underway as per the study scheduled school visit dates. Students that have missed a Men B vaccination can make arrangements for these by contacting their school study immunisation provider.
The herd immunity study examines if the licensed and recommended Meningococcal B vaccine reduces the spread of meningococcal bacteria in teenagers. The study is being led by the University of Adelaide in partnership with SA Health and has been approved by the Women’s and Children’s Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee.