The Meningitis Centre of Australia is part of the Telethon Kids Institute and is striving to eliminate meningitis in Australia by lobbying for vaccines and educating the community to be aware of the signs and symptoms. The Centre also provides support for families affected by the disease.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.

There are three main types of meningitis infection

  • Bacterial
  • Viral
  • Fungal/environmental


In August 2013 Australia became the first country in the world to approve the meningococcal B vaccine for widespread use. However while it is available via prescription  through a doctor is is still too expensive for most people. The Meningitis Centre Australia is continuing to lobby the federal government to put it on the National Immunisation Program so that it is FREE for everybody.

Please sign our petition for the Federal Government to allocate funding for this life saving vaccine!

In 2013, 105 people were treated for Meningococcal B in Australia. If not treated promptly it can lead to permanent disability or death in 24 hours. EVERY SECOND COUNTS!

Latest News

31 Mar 2015
Meningitis B vaccine added to UK child immunisation scheme
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23 Mar 2015
Child becomes WA's third victim of meningococcal disease in 2015
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23 Mar 2015
Officials urge meningitis shots at University of Oregon
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18 Mar 2015
Queensland woman dies after contracting meningococcal disease
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Asian Vaccine Conference (ASVAC 2015)

Asian Vaccine Conference

Designed for healthcare and medical professionals to share their knowledge, strategies and experience, the 5th Asian Vaccine Conference (ASVAC 2015), is taking place in Vietnam from 11 to 14 June 2015.

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