Meningococcal vaccines rolled out

HEARTACHE: Mount Gambier parents Nathan Braddock and Emma Smith hold a photograph of their son Jordan who sadly died in March from the deadly Meningococcal-B strain.

SOUTH Australian babies and young children are the first in the nation to receive free meningococcal B vaccinations through a state-wide immunisation program launched Monday.

Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell praised the South East for its role in the program’s establishment, which included a widespread community campaign following the death of six-month-old Mount Gambier boy Jordan Braddock on March 18.

An outpouring of community support for Jordan’s parents Nathan Braddock and Emma Smith manifested into around 4600 signatures on a petition campaigning for the B-strain vaccine to be placed on the vaccination schedule and for health authorities


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