Peter Dutton

Pneumococcal Meningitis is the most common form of bacterial meningitis in infants and the elderly. It is also the most severe. Even with modern treatment it has a 10% mortality rate and about 40%incidence of complications such as deafness, blindness, spasticity and learning difficulties. The Meningicoccal strain of meningitis has been included in the free immunisation list even though it has only had 18 reported cases in a year compared to 512 cases of Invasive Pneumococcal Disease.

The Pneumococcal immunisation (Prevenar) may also lead to a decrease in instances of non-invasive Pneumococcal Disease such as Otitis Media (Common ear infection) and pneumonia.

By signing this petition I hereby agree that Prevenar (Pneumococcal Vaccine) should be made available free of charge to ALL Australians.

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The Immunisation Funding for Pneumococcal Disease petition to Peter Dutton was written by Leanne Chalmers and is in the category Health at GoPetition.