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!


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